Restless Legs Syndrome is a condition that affects about ten percent of the populace. The disease is characterized by an urge to move the legs, usually accompanied by or caused by uncomfortable leg sensations. People with RLS often have difficulty describing their symptoms.
Common terms used to describe the senses are aching, twitching, tingling, burning, creeping, crawling, itching, flowing, pulling, searing and debilitating. Many men and women experience these sensations in their legs, but the arms or other body areas can also be affected. The symptoms of RLS are generally worse at night, can be caused by rest and are relieved by standing up or walking around. I, too, suffer from RLS sometimes.
I’ve had periods of my life in which the condition seemed to worsen (probably stress-related). Some of these suggestions may work for you, for others perhaps not. For mepersonally, the lifestyle changes I made to help with my insomnia also helped with my RLS. I have a sleepless night or a night with RLS, but they are much less frequent. Treatment begins by dealing with any underlying medical condition that can cause the symptoms.
Many times the cause is unknown, but it can be associated with neurological disorders, diabetes, stress and pregnancy. The serious sleep loss can’t just lead to nausea, but could cause depression and accidental injuries also. In recent decades, scientists have found that iron, folate or vitamin E levels are often low in RLS sufferers and supplementation can often help. For instance, when iron deficiency is the cause, taking iron supplements can significantly decrease the symptoms of RLS. Richard Allen, PhD, a diplomat on the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a founder of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center.
In actuality, according to studies of hospital patients, about 40 percent of individuals with anemia had RLS and about 20 percent to 40 percent of pregnant women have RLS. Another way researchers understand that iron plays a role is iron-deficient patients’ response to iron supplementation. Some people with RLS, however, have normal iron levels. Researchers say that is not a reason to dismiss iron as an underlying cause of the RLS. Studies demonstrate that the issue is that the brains of RLS patients might not absorb iron normally.
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Another treatment options which might alleviate pain include leg massages, hot tubs, heat or icepacks, aspirin or other over-the-counter pain relievers, and the elimination of caffeine. At the same time, regular sleep habits and exercise, particularly earlier in the day, will help people enjoy more restful sleep. Cramps in the lower limbs, restless leg syndrome and insomnia can be eased by the addition of magnesium and calcium to your diet. Magnesium is more readily absorbed by the body in the form of dolomite, or with the addition of calcium.
Magnesium helps support a strong immune system and keeps normal nerve and muscle function. Additionally it is known to be involved in each metabolism and protein synthesis and is required for more than three hundred biochemical reactions within the body, so it’s extremely important. Among the advantages of magnesium is its muscle relaxing properties. The heart is a muscle and higher blood pressure is often brought on by the heart not relaxing satisfactorily on its external (diastolic) beat.
There is increasing interest in the role magnesium can play in managing hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Caffeine–Chocolate, tea, coffee, and a few soft drinks contain caffeine. Although it may appear to help conquer daytime sleepiness, caffeine generally only masks or waits RLS symptoms, and frequently makes them worse. Some kinds of over-the-counter and prescription medications can make RLS symptoms worse.