Restless Legs Syndrome among Working-Aged WomenUlfberg J. · Nyström B. · Carter N. · Edling C.
aDepartment of Medical Sciences/Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University Hospital, Uppsala, and bSleep Disorders Center, Avesta Hospital, Avesta, Sweden
A random sample of 200 women, aged 18–64 years, living in a county in mid-Sweden, was sent a questionnaire that included questions about sleep habits, symptoms of sleepiness and neuropsychiatric complaints. Standardized diagnostic criteria determined by the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group were used to investigate the prevalence of restless legs syndrome (RLS). Possible associations between RLS and neuropsychiatric complaints were also investigated. Odds ratios for different variables were calculated by means of multivariate logistic regression. 11.4% of the women suffered from RLS. Sleep-related complaints were more frequent among RLS sufferers than among nonsufferers. Complaints of daytime headache were reported 5 times more frequently among RLS sufferers, and there was a tendency towards social isolation related to RLS. Subjective problems in performing work due to sleepiness were ninefold among the women with RLS. These results indicate that RLS together with an association to neuropsychiatric symptoms is common among working-aged women.
Dr. Jan Ulfberg
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
S–751 85 Uppsala (Sweden)
Tel. +46 226 496000, Fax +46 226 496108, E-Mail jan.ulfberg@Itdalarna.se
Received: Received: October 9, 2000
Accepted: January 19, 2001
Number of Print Pages : 3
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 13
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Vol. 46, No. 1, Year 2001 (Cover Date: Released July 2001)
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