Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also called Willis-Ekbom Disease, causes unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Symptoms commonly occur in the late afternoon or evening hours, and are often most severe at night when a person is resting, such as sitting or lying in bed. They also may occur when someone is inactive and sitting for extended periods (for example, when taking a trip by plane or watching a movie). Since symptoms can increase in severity during the night, it could become difficult to fall asleep or return to sleep after waking up. Moving the legs or walking typically relieves the discomfort but the sensations often recur once the movement stops. RLS is classified as a sleep disorder since the symptoms are triggered by resting and attempting to sleep, and as a movement disorder, since people are forced to move their legs in order to relieve symptoms. It is, however, best characterized as a neurological sensory disorder with symptoms that are produced from within the brain itself.
I want to share my experience with restless legs I had a really big issue with, sleeping was difficult. I am almost completely cured because I realised what was causing my restless legs, this is worth reading.
In my case there is a connection between powdered coffee and restless legs. I started using powered coffee about 10 years ago about the time my issue with restless legs started. I have suffered for 10 years from this, normally at night when I want to relax.
Recently the coffee companies bought out toffee coffee and marshmallow flavored, yum but why was I now getting restless legs during the day, connection made, I thought it's the coffee. I abruptly decided to stop drinking powered coffee, in the first week my legs felt better now 3 months later my restless legs are almost completely gone that twiching has stopped. I have gone back to having one powered coffee a day but only cappuccino.
I am absolutely positive powered coffee was responsible for giving me restless legs, funny thing the drug company Monsanto have drugs to help with restless legs, they also make the sweetner in these coffees.
As this is an advice website here is a good bit of information from a user, as below
I have had RLS for 20 years. I am 60 now. It is an hereditary condition and, thanks to the Human Genome Project, scientists have largely identified the chromosomes that the genes responsible are found on. RLS is due to an inability in the brain to make dopamine - it follows a circadian rhythm and 'kicks in' from mid-afternoon till the wee hours of the morning. Anything that disrupts dopamine anabolism will lead to RLS. For me that is anything containing caffeine (so, coffee) and leavened bread and (unfortunately) alcohol - so I am pretty much a teetotaller now. Because iron is a cofactor in the making of dopamine, I need to supplement with iron+Vit C. However, my saviour has been dopaminergic medication and for 15 years I have been prescribed Requip, but at a much lower dose than Parkinsons sufferers are on.I have never found Magnesium to be helpful.