This cycle repeats throughout the night, writes au Technology Editor Peter Farquhar, and “it’s not unusual for people who suffer RLS …
to describe it as torturous.” So why do some people’s legs do this?
The sensations—and the need to move—may return immediately after ceasing movement or at a later time.
RLS may start at any age, including childhood, and is a progressive disease for some, while the symptoms may remit in others.
Luis Marin and his team at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, picked up on this dopamine-RLS link, making a logical extension: Masturbation can cause an orgasm and an orgasm releases dopamine and dopamine can calm RLS; therefore, masturbation may also calm RLS.
It is sometimes described similar to a limb 'falling asleep' or an exaggerated sense of positional awareness of the affected area.
The sensation and the urge can occur in any body part; the most cited location is legs, followed by arms.
Some people have little or no sensation, yet still, have a strong urge to move.
Movement usually brings immediate relief, although temporary and partial.