How to manage Restless Legs Syndrome
As many are aware, there is no direct cure for Restless Leg Syndrome. It's a complex neurologic disorder that triggers discomfort, twitching, burning and other unpleasant sensations in your legs at any time of day.
Despite there being several approved medications which tend to be effective, many of them have side effects which put people off using them. Also, it's known that the older you get, the worse your symptomns get.
The challenges that those unfortunate to suffer from it face, is to manage the sympomns, which can seriously hinder sleep and prevent you from enjoying the comfort of your mattress. Here's hoping this guide can help you find alternative ways of managing it.
Studies have shown that a vast majority of sufferers can treat their Restless Legs Syndrome through iron supplementation. However, do talk to your doctor with regards to this first, as taking too much can cause other side effects.
Regular movement / exercise
Exercise and gentle strolls can aid with reducing symptomns, by releasing endorphins, ramping up dopamine, stretching muscles and tendons, and generally relaxing your body and mind.
Check your current medication
Some medication can trigger or even worsen Restless Leg Syndrome symptomns. The list includes antihistamines, antidepressants, antiemetics and antipsychotics. Speak with your doctor to make sure they are aware of what medication your are taking before cutting anything out.
Diet and eating habits
Try to avoid pick-me-ups like caffeine and sugar. Especially if it's near the times you're aware your Restless Legs tend to start. It may also be worth checking for possibilities of food sensitivities.
Hot or cold
Some have reported various degrees of success through either having hot or cold baths. You could also try hot/cold compress and try to discover what seems to reduce the symptomns better. A hot bath may provide a effect of relaxation, which helps you forget about the discomfort.
Mattress and sheet positioning
How your mattress and bed sheets are positioned could also make a difference. Keep bedding loose allowing your feet to rest in a more natural position. You could try a slightly more body moulding mattress to reduce pressure points. Some also suggest propping feet up higher than the torso can help ease symptomns.
This doesn't have to be a professional deep tissue massage. A rub can help reduce tingling and the urge to move.
You might find yourself getting anxious when either the restlessness begins to set in, or when it's nearing a particular time the symptomns begin to rise. This anxiety can generally aggravate symptomns. Keeping yourself focussed on something that stimulates your mind can reduce the anxiety, therefore reducing the symptomns.
Regular sleep patterns - no naps
If you're able to maintain the same bedtime routine every night, creating a bedtime ritual can aid with letting your body know it's time to rest. This works in sync with not having any naps throughout the day, as it increases the difficulty of getting to sleep in the evening.
Meditation may alleviate your Restless Legs Syndrome symptomns, keeping you relaxed as you're focussing on a task.