Restless Legs Syndrome/Willis-Ekbom Disease and Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep in the Elderly with and without Dementia

Michela Figorilli, Monica Puligheddu, Raffaele Ferri

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Abstract

There is great interest in the study of sleep in healthy and cognitively impaired elderly. Sleep disorders have been related to quality of aging. Sleep-related movements are a frequent cause of disordered sleep and daytime sleepiness. Restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease (RLS/WED) is often unrecognized in the elderly. This review explores RLS/WED in the elderly population. The elderly population may be subdivided into 3 groups: healthy, dependent, and frail. The RLS/WED could be a predictor for lower physical function; its burden on quality of life and health care-related costs, in the elderly, should be an important clinical and public health concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-342
Number of pages12
JournalSleep Medicine Clinics
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Sleep
  • Willis-Ekbom disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology

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