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Restless Legs Awareness Day

Don't let restless legs keep you up at night - join us in raising awareness on Restless Legs Awareness Day and find relief through education and support.
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Get ready to shake and move on Restless Legs Awareness Day on September 23! This day is dedicated to raising awareness about a condition that affects millions of people around the world - restless legs syndrome (RLS). It's characterized by an overwhelming urge to move one's legs, often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. But don't worry, there are plenty of ways to manage RLS and make your legs feel more at ease. So let's spread the word and support those who live with this condition on Restless Legs Awareness Day!

History of Restless Legs Awareness Day

Restless Legs Awareness Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1945</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Restless Legs Syndrome Identified</div><div class='timeline-text'>Swedish neurologist, Dr. Karl-Axel Ekbom, published detailed studies on Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), increasing medical recognition of the disorder.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Founding of RLS Foundation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation was established in the US to assist those affected by RLS and help research into treatments and a cure.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>FDA Recognizes RLS</div><div class='timeline-text'>The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began recognizing RLS as a significant medical condition, validating the experiences of millions.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First FDA-Approved Treatment</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first FDA-approved treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome, a drug called Requip, hit the US market giving sufferers new hope for relief.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Restless Legs Awareness Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Restless Legs Awareness Day was first observed, aiming to increase public and medical community recognition of the disorder.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Genetic Link Discovered</div><div class='timeline-text'>A study published in the journal "Neurology" identified 19 genetic risk factors for RLS, offering new insights into potential treatments and cures.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Restless Legs Awareness Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a virtual dance party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Dancing is a great way to relieve restless legs and have some fun! Create a playlist of your favorite songs, invite your friends to join in via video chat, and dance the night away.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself and others</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to learn more about restless legs syndrome and share that knowledge with others. This can help raise awareness and understanding of the condition.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a support group</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you or someone you know suffers from restless legs, consider starting a support group. This can provide a safe and understanding space for individuals to share their experiences and find support.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There are many organizations dedicated to researching and helping those with restless legs syndrome. Consider making a donation to support their efforts on Restless Legs Awareness Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a relaxing bath</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>A warm bath with Epsom salts can help relax restless legs and promote better sleep. Take some time for self-care on this awareness day.</p></div></div>

Why Restless Legs Awareness Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes understanding and empathy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Restless Legs Awareness Day brings much needed attention to a condition that can be misunderstood and stigmatized. By raising awareness, we can educate others about the symptoms and challenges faced by those with restless legs syndrome, fostering greater understanding and empathy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages research and support</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Increased awareness also leads to increased funding for research and support for those affected by restless legs syndrome. Together, we can work towards finding more effective treatments and support mechanisms for those living with this chronic condition.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It provides hope for those affected</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>For individuals living with restless legs syndrome, having a day dedicated to their condition can bring a sense of validation and hope. It shows that they are not alone in their struggles and that there is a community of support behind them.</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts for Restless Legs Day

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When is Restless Legs Awareness Day?

Restless Legs Awareness Day is celebrated on September 23 every year. In 2024, Restless Legs Awareness Day will occur on a Monday.

Restless Legs Awareness Day Dates

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2023

Sep 23

Saturday

2024

Sep 23

Monday

2025

Sep 23

Tuesday

2026

Sep 23

Wednesday

2027

Sep 23

Thursday

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