Results of 2005 National Sleep Foundation Poll re Restless Leg Sy

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome: Results from the 2005 National Sleep Foundation Poll

    January 2006. "The purpose of this analysis was to investigate the prevalence and correlates of restless legs syndrome (RLS) symptoms in the 2005 National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Sleep in America 2005 Poll. The NSF poll is an annual telephone interview of a random, representative sample of US adults.

    METHODS: The NSF 2005 poll included 1,506 adults. Their mean age was 49 years, and 775 were women.

    RESULTS: Symptoms of RLS that included unpleasant feelings in the legs for at least a few nights a week, which were worse at night, were reported by 9.7% of individuals in this poll, including 8% of men and 11% of women. Those from the northeast United States were much less likely to be at risk than those from other regions of the country. Those who were unemployed or smoked daily were more likely to be at risk for RLS, as were those with hypertension, arthritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, depression, anxiety, and diabetes. Adults who were at risk for RLS appeared to also be at increased risk for sleep apnea and insomnia, and were more likely to stay up longer than they planned, to take longer than 30 min to fall asleep, to drive when drowsy, and to report daytime fatigue than those who were not at risk. They were also more likely to report being late to work, missing work, making errors at work, and missing social events because of sleepiness than other respondents in the poll (p < 0.05 for all).

    CONCLUSIONS: RLS is significantly associated with medical and psychiatric conditions, other sleep disorders, unfavorable lifestyle behaviors, and adverse effects on daytime function. Chest physicians who practice sleep medicine need to be able to identify and manage RLS, which is prevalent and is associated with considerable morbidity."

    Remedy Finds's Sleep Disorder Newsletter

  2. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    OK, I'm neither of these. But this study implies that smokers and the unemployed were 'at risk'. But what if its the opposite -- what if people w/RLS are more likely to be at risk for smoking or being unemployed.

    I hate it when reports imply causality and don't investigate the flip side.

    I mean, honestly -- if I were up all night w/RLS (and I've experienced it, so I know what I'm saying), I sure as heck MIGHT take up smoking to calm myself down. Also, if I couldn't stay awake at work, I might lose my job or be fired from being too short-tempered w/co-workers. And I might not have too much energy to look for a new job, either.
  3. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Very good point, Juloo.

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