Publications

The WED Foundation produces a wide variety of publications to help us achieve our mission to increase awareness, improve treatments and, through research, find a cure. Some of the publications below can be downloaded free of charge as a PDF while others require a current membership status with the Foundation. You must have Adobe Reader installed to view the publications. This free program is available by clicking here. To become a member and gain access to all of our publications, click here.

Feel free to print a copy of our publications or email the Foundation to request a print copy. Please note that some materials are only available online. We are unable to send printed copies outside of the U.S. and Canada.

All publications are developed, reviewed and approved by our Medical Advisory Board. The information is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of consultation with a healthcare provider.

Introductory Information

Willis-Ekbom Disease: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment
Causes diagnosis and treatment brochure Our most popular and requested brochure! This brochure discusses the symptoms of Wilis-Ekbom disease (WED), also known as restless legs syndrome (RLS), possible causes, and different treatment options. We recommend it for anyone who lives with WED/RLS, suspects they may have WED/RLS, or has a family member or friend with WED/RLS. Download file.

A Quick Guide to Living with WED/RLS
This handy patient handout offers an overview of WED/RLS symptoms, treatment, coping methods and more. Download file.

WED/RLS Patient Symptom Diary
Use the Symptom Diary to keep a log of your daily symptoms and share it with your healthcare provider. It may help you identify conditions and patterns that make your WED/RLS worse or it may help a qualified healthcare provider give you the proper diagnosis. Download file.

Special Concerns

(NEW!) Cognitively Impaired and Older Adults
When cognitive dysfunction is present, the ability to report WED/RLS symptoms, especially sensory symptoms, may be lacking. Find out what clinical features can help support or suggest a probable diagnosis of WED/RLS in cognitively impaired and older adults. Become a member and access in Members Only Section

Medications for WED/RLS
There are several classes of medication that can be used to treat WED/RLS. This publication answers commonly asked questions about the different medication options available to those with WED/RLS. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

WED/RLS Triggers
Some medications and substances can cause or increase WED/RLS symptoms. This publication offers advice on identifying and avoiding common WED/RLS triggers. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Coping Methods for WED/RLS
Living with WED/RLS is not easy. This publication offers tips for coping with common WED/RLS symptoms. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Augmentation in WED/RLS
Augmentation is one of the most common and least understood problems encountered with WED/RLS treatment. This publication answers common questions about augmentation. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

WED/RLS in the Elderly
WED/RLS is particularly prevalent among those over age 65. This publication offers information on identifying and managing WED/RLS in an elderly loved one. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

WED/RLS Mimics
Other medical conditions can produce symptoms similar to WED/RLS. This publication provide information on other conditions whose symptoms may be confused with WED/RLS. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Understanding WED/RLS & Iron
Research suggests a link between iron levels in the body and RLS. This publication provides an overview of the importance of iron and how it can affect WED/RLS. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Activity, Exercise & WED/RLS
Exercise can be used to treat or even prevent WED/RLS. This publication offers advice on how to incorporate activity into your daily life. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Depression & WED/RLS
Depressive disorders are common in adults living with WED/RLS. This publication offers guidance on identifying and coping with depression. Watch a video on depression here. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Pain & WED/RLS This publication offers information to help understand the link between WED/RLS and pain. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Clinical Trials: What to Know Before You Go
A clinical trial (also called clinical research) is a research study that uses human volunteers to investigate specific health questions. This publication provides important information for those considering clinical trial participation. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Children & WED/RLS
WED/RLS can occur in people of any age. This publication offers guidance for parents whose child is diagnosed with WED/RLS. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Understanding Drug Action 
Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, are used to treat both acute illness and chronic diseases. Learn how drugs work and interact with foods.  Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Drug Holidays and WED/RLS
A drug holiday involves discontinuing a therapeutic medication for a short period of time. Learn more about what the benefits and what a patient should expect from a drug holiday. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Complementary and Alternative Medications for WED/RLS 
Complementary and alternative medicine can be used to address WED/RLS symptoms. Find out what types of options are available to help improve sleep and your well being.  Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

Research Grant Summary
The Foundation supports basic and clinical research on WED/RLS. Learn more about the program and priority research areas for WED/RLS.  Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

End-Stage Renal Disease & WED/RLS

Featured in the Summer 2008 issue of NightWalkers, this two page handout will help you understand what End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is and how it connects to WED/RLS. Become a member and access in Members Only Section.

For Healthcare Providers

WED/RLS Medical Bulletin (MEMBERS ONLY)
This is our current comprehensive bulletin describing WED/RLS for healthcare providers. Sections include prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment. Become a member and download file.

Children and RLS
WED/RLS and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Healthcare Providers. Download file.

Depression and RLS
Special Considerations in Treating Depression when the patient has WED/RLS. Download file.

Pregnancy and RLS
Vital Considerations in Treating a Pregnant Woman who has WED/RLS. Download file.

Surgery and RLS
Special Considerations for the Surgical Team when the patient has WED/RLS. Download file.

Translated Publications

French Version ~  Willis-Ekbom Disease: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment (2011 version)

French Version ~ Medical Bulletin (2011 version)

Medical Disclaimer: Our publications are designed to provide information about the current understanding of WED/RLS. Laypeople who read this information are warned against making any changes in their treatment based on this information without consulting their healthcare provider. While the Foundation has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, medical knowledge changes quickly and therefore practitioners are urged to continually seek up-to-date information. Some treatments discussed in these materials, while in line with accepted medical practice, may not be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the described uses. The WED Foundation, its officers, directors, employees or agents, does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of its information or services and specifically disclaims any liability therefore.