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Giannaki, Christoforos D.; Hadjigeorgiou, Georgios M.; Aphamis, George; Pantzaris, Marios; Sakkas, Giorgos K. (2017)
Publisher: Brazilian Association of Sleep and Latin American Federation of Sleep
Journal: Sleep Science
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Sleep disorders, Body composition, Psychology, Restless legs syndrome, BF309-499, BF1-990, Adolescent, Cyprus, Consciousness. Cognition, Short Communication

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mesheuropmc: mental disorders
Objective: The aim of the current study was to investigate the relationship between restless legs syndrome (RLS) and cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition and sleep quality in a sample of adolescents. Methods: One hundred fifty seven volunteer adolescents (16.6 ± 0.7 yrs) participated in the study. Sleep quality was assessed by the Pittsburg sleep quality index. Cardiorespiratory fitness was assessed by the 20 m shuttle run test and body composition by bioelectrical impedance analysis. Results: The prevalence of RLS was 5.1%. The adolescents with RLS were found to exhibit significantly higher body fat levels (p=0.019) and poorer sleep quality score (p=0.000) compared with their free-RLS counterparts. Conclusions: Adolescents with RLS are subjects of higher body fat and impaired sleep quality compared with adolescents without RLS. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of RLS is essential in the adolescents.