Restless leg syndrome, also known as RLS or Willis-Ekbom Disease, is a neurological disorder where a person experiences aches, pains, tingling, or itching sensations while sitting or lying down. Sometimes it is an uncontrollable urge to move your legs while you are sitting still. About 5% to 15% of adults are affected by restless leg syndrome. It is especially prevalent in pregnant women. It can interrupt sleep and cause daytime fatigue. Fortunately, there are many home remedies to prevent or treat this disorder. Here are some tips to minimize or prevent the symptoms associated with restless leg syndrome.

Exercise
Restless leg syndrome is often associated with people who have poor lifestyle choices such as poor diet or a lack of exercise. People who exercise on a daily basis report less fatigue and better sleeping habits. Yoga seems to especially help those with restless leg syndrome. Get a healthy blood circulation through regular stretching and exercise.

Find a way to Relax
Meditation is an effective practice to help you relax. Some have found that hot or cold applications helps relieve the physical sensations of restless leg syndrome as well. Try taking a hot bath to relax, or try using an ice pack to see if that helps. 

Improve Your Sleeping Habits
Avoid drinking or eating a lot before bedtime. Heavy meals are known to interrupt sleep. Also avoid drinking alcohol before bed. Not only does alcohol worsen sleep, people have reported that is actually worsens symptoms related to restless leg syndrome as well. Another good way to improve your sleep is by maintaining a regular sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up the same time every day can be very beneficial to your sleep health.

Change your Diet

Restless legs have been strongly linked to iron deficiencies, as well as a lack of vitamin D, vitamin C, and vitamin E. In one study, symptoms of restless leg syndrome lessened after participants were given vitamin supplements. Start using supplements or change your diet so that you are consuming all the nutrients you need on a daily basis.

Although restless leg syndrome is not always a sign of more serious health problems, it can be. Restless leg syndrome has been linked to other health conditions such as anemia, kidney problems, thyroid problems, varicose veins, alcoholism, sleep apnea, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. If you have symptoms related to these other conditions in addition to restless legs, consult a doctor or Mindful Medical center for options to help treat this disease.

 

By Erica Buteau

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