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Some information is available online regarding the epidemiology of RLS and can be accessed below.

RLS Overview

Epidemiology: RLS

RLS affects approximately 10% of adults in the U.S. and 2% of children. Researchers are starting to believe that RLS is commonly unrecognized or misdiagnosed as insomnia, depression, or other neurological, muscular, or orthopedic conditions. According to the Restless Leg Syndrome Foundation, approximately 40% of people with RLS complain of symptoms that would indicate depression if assessed without knowledge or consideration of a sleep disorder.

Prevalence Related to Ethnicity

RLS can occur across any ethnicity and has thus far not been shown to be more common in one race over another.

Prevalence Related to Sex

RLS occurs approximately between 1.5 to 2 times more often in women than in men.

Prevalence Related to Age

The prevalence of RLS symptoms has been shown increase or become more severe amongst older people.

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