National Sleep Foundation Co-sponsors RLS Educational Initiative with Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

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Monday, September 22, 2008

will raise the much needed awareness about RLS and encourage those who suffer from it to speak to a health care professional," added David Cloud, chief executive officer of NSF.

The public service announcements will appear on television, radio, and in newspapers and magazines. Additional educational information and in-depth testimonials of those in the public service announcements are available on WhatisRLS.org. The website also features a search tool for finding local health care professionals who specialize in RLS and related conditions, a symptom diary to track RLS symptoms, and tips to help start a conversation about RLS with a health care professional.

"I hope that by telling my story, I will inspire others living with RLS, especially those who may be suffering in silence, to know they are not alone," continued Lynne.

Visit WhatisRLS.org to learn more about Lynne and others who live with RLS.

About Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Restless legs syndrome, or RLS, is a serious, but treatable condition. Approximately 10 percent of Americans suffer from this neurological sensorimotor disorder, which causes uncomfortable and sometimes painful tingling and tugging sensations in the legs.

People with RLS often feel as though they have to move their legs, by walking or stretching, in order to make the uncomfortable feelings go away. These sensations tend to get worse with inactivity, sitting for a long time or even just relaxing, such as when watching television or taking a long car ride. Because the symptoms usually intensify in the evening and at night, they often interfere with the ability to sleep.

Everyone experiences RLS differently, so it is important to work with a heath care professional to diagnose and determine the best way to control RLS symptoms. For people who are unable to find symptom relief through lifestyle changes, medical treatments are available.

About the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
The RLS Foundation was created in 1989 when eight people with the condition began sharing letters and discussing their little known condition. In 1992, the Foundation was incorporated as a nonprofit organization to address the growing need for research and information about RLS. Their

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