Restlessness and Kicking

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a very common condition affecting up to 10 percent of people. It is typified by an uncomfortable sensation in the legs or an urge to move the legs, that gets worse in the evening and at rest, and can feel better with movement or massage.

RLS occurs in families and often begins in childhood. Children with RLS may demonstrate “growing pains," kicking and excessive movement at night, as well as insomnia and daytime behavioral problems. In fact, studies of children with ADHD indicate that up to 40 percent also have RLS. In some cases, successful RLS therapy results in resolution of ADHD as well.