Beijing, March 3 ( -- "If you sleep well, you suddenly feel uncomfortable, especially the knee joints and calves, and the symptoms will disappear when you move." At the 20 World Sleep Day Science Popularization Lecture and National Free Clinic Event, Tang Xiangdong, director of the Neurobiological Testing Center and director of the Mental Health Center of West China Hospital of Sichuan University, introduced a hidden sleep disorder - restless legs syndrome.

It is understood that restless legs syndrome is also known as hyperactive legs syndrome or restless legs syndrome. The clinical manifestations are usually extreme discomfort in both lower extremities during nocturnal sleep, forcing the patient to constantly move the lower limbs or walk on the ground, resulting in severe sleep disturbances. Although the disease is not harmful to life, it seriously affects the quality of life of patients.

Tang Xiangdong said that epidemiological surveys show that restless legs syndrome is mainly concentrated in Europe, especially in France, with patients accounting for up to one-third. The prevalence in Asian populations is about 6%. In special populations, especially pregnant women, it occurs more often in the second half of pregnancy.

Tang Xiangdong said that most people do not know enough about restless legs syndrome. If the symptoms are not severe, do not come to the doctor. There are also some that have severe symptoms but do not know which department to see.

"A patient I met more than ten years ago had scars on his legs and no good meat." Tang Xiangdong introduced that limb movement disorders and restless legs syndrome are common states after the degeneration of the nervous system, which can occur in all age groups, but are more common in middle-aged and elderly people. At present, the specific harm of this disease is not well understood in medicine, but there are many dangerous cases in the clinic, and even deaths.

Ye Jingying, deputy dean of the Institute of Precision Medicine of Tsinghua University, said that all disciplines should actually break through the blind zone of diagnosis and treatment. She said sleep disorders also have a certain relationship with mood. If insomnia patients are treated with sleeping pills without emotional adjustment, insomnia and sleep maintenance may be difficult to be well treated.

In addition, some patients with severe psychosis require sedation during treatment. For example, sleep apnea itself is combined, and weight gain is evident during long-term use of therapeutic drugs. Ye Jingying mentioned that for the treatment of some severe mental patients, it is necessary to put them in a deep state of sedation and sleep. If no protective measures are taken against apnea at this time, there will be dangers in treatment. (End)