Linda Ryan's Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition she's lived with for more than a decade.
The mom of two first noticed what she described as "twitchy" sensations in her legs, particularly at bedtime or during the night, shortly after her 50th birthday. While she thought she was suffering in silence, her frequent movements, which only temporarily alleviate her discomfort, began ruining her husband's sleep as well.
"My sleep was affected, which was bad enough," says Ryan, now 61. "When it was keeping him awake too, I understood why he wanted to move to the spare bedroom."
The Ryans aren't alone. According to Susan Schlichting, RLS support group leader in Southern California, 34 percent of people with the condition sleep in separate beds from their spouses.