Restless Legs Awareness Day - September 23
Fri, Sep 23, 2022

Restless Legs Awareness Day

Restless Legs Awareness Day – if not for this holiday, many of us would not even suspect the existence of such a disease. Willis-Ekbom disease is a pathological neurological condition in which a person constantly moves his legs to get rid of unpleasant sensations – goosebumps, itching, burning and tingling. Such a symptom appears closer to the evening, according to statistics, in the United States the disease is diagnosed in 12 million people.


Every year on September 23, the world celebrates Restless Legs Awareness Day to draw public attention to such a pathology, and for the first time the event was held in 2012, on the birthday of professor-neurologist Karl-Axel Eckborn. It was he who in 1945 described this syndrome in detail in his dissertation. Restless Leg Syndrome was then studied by Sir Thomas Willis. That is why the disease was named after two scientists – Willis-Ekbom.

Interesting Facts

  • What is the cause of the pathology is not known for certain, but there are the most likely causes: heredity, iron deficiency, Parkinson’s disease.
  • There is no official drug for the treatment of the syndrome, but therapy includes medications based on ropinirole.
  • Quite often, problems with the veins lead to restless leg syndrome. Treatment of veins in 97% of cases helps to get rid of RLS.
  • During pregnancy, the chance of developing restless leg syndrome increases.
  • One common cause of RLS is nerve damage from injury, diabetes, or infection.

How to celebrate

Learn more about the disease. Awareness is an effective tool when it comes to helping others. There is no cure for the disease yet, but work in this direction is underway, so donate funds for the development of drugs. Many medical organizations are engaged in research, support them. Share your treatments on social media, whether it be leg exercises or massages.

When is Restless Legs Awareness Day in 2022?

Restless Legs Awareness Day is observed on September 23 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday September 23 2022
Saturday September 23 2023
Monday September 23 2024
Tuesday September 23 2025
Wednesday September 23 2026