Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological problem. It is characterized by some unpleasant feeling in the legs, some weird sensations on the skin of the legs as if something is crawling, pain at times and wanting to move the legs unnecessarily. This problem generally aggravates when a person does not get to sleep peacefully. This in turn leads to sleepless nights, tiredness, and irritation and ultimately stress. The exact cause of it is unknown though some say it is genetic, some say it is due to lack of certain nutrients, some say it is due to the chemical dopamine balance which manages the muscle movements in our body.This disorder is more prevalent in older women than man. It is a very stressful disorder. Currently there is no successful treatment for RLS but there are few home remedies that can reduce the discomfort.
Walk To Deal With RLS
Whenever you feel a lot of discomfort in your legs while you are sleeping, just move out of the bed and start walking around in your room for some time.This remedy will not treat RLS but it will certainly provide you relief for some time. Once you feel that there is no more uncomfortable sensation you can go back to sleep.
Exercising Before Retiring To Bed
It is advisable for people suffering from RLS to exercise before going to bed. One can do stretching exercises associated with the leg or knees. Doing brisk walking before going to bed also helps. When you exercise endorphins are released in the blood.This alters the chemical balance and hence provides peaceful sleep.One can also do meditation or yoga before retiring to bed.This helps to reduce stress and gives you good sleep.
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Certain medicines contain substances that aggravate the symptoms of RLS. Medicines for cold, allergy and sinus contain such stimulants. You should see a doctor and find alternative medicines without these stimulants. You should not become addictive to sleeping pills also as it is not a permanent cure for RLS.
Alcohol, caffeine And Nicotine
People suffering from RLS should stop consuming alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. You should not eat products also which has caffeine in it. The contain stimulants that trigger the symptoms of RLS.
People suffering from RLS should maintain a proper schedule of sleeping. They should sleep and wake up the same time every day. One should not eat a heavy meal also before retiring to bed. It adds the discomfort while sleeping. You should always sleep on comfortable mattress and also sleep in a position which gives you maximum comfort. This will ease the discomfort that goes on in your legs. You should sleep stress-free.
If your RLS is due to a vitamin deficiency then supplements for it should be taken. Generally you may be having deficiency of iron, magnesium or vitamin D. Other remedies include massaging your legs before sleeping or dipping legs in warm water or taking a warm water bath before retiring to bed.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.