September 17, 2012
Do you constantly feel like
you have to move your legs? Do you toss and turn all night in bed? Approximately 1 in 6 people
suffer from restless legs syndrome, especially those over 50.
syndrome causes unpleasant feelings in the legs:
We will discuss the causes
and treatment options of restless legs syndrome.
- sensations of crawling, prickling
- aching, tickling a feeling of tiredness or heaviness of the legs
- an urge to move the legs when sitting down or lying in
you or someone you know suffers from sleep problems, you are encouraged
to attend this support group meeting on Monday, October 1, from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. at the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John, 5005 Port St. John
Parkway (east of the I-95 Port St. John exit). The meetings are held in the
Conference Center by the south entrance (near the sleep lab). This is a free
community service. Please call 321-268-6408 to register.
Free sleep evaluations are
done by a registered technologist at every meeting. One of the most common
signs of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and chronic (ongoing) snoring. Sleep
apnea can result in depression, diabetes and morning headaches. Sleep apnea
also contributes to high blood pressure, which an estimated 50 percent of sleep
apnea patients have. The greatest risk from this sleep disorder, however, is
stroke or heart attack. Everyone (you, someone you know or anyone with a sleep
partner) who suffers from the sleep apnea warning signs mentioned above should
take these symptoms seriously.