Natural Remedies for Treating Restless Leg Syndrome

| 1/28/2019 12:21:00 PM

Restless leg syndrome, or Willis-Ekbom disease, is a neurological disorder that causes people to have uncomfortable sensations in their legs. Someone with this disorder may feel tingling or crawling feelings in their legs. They may feel they have to move their legs constantly, especially when getting relaxed or trying to fall asleep. This is a problem because it often interferes with the ability to get quality sleep. Most people with restless leg syndrome deal with chronic fatigue and tiredness; they can’t ever seem to have enough energy. Restless leg syndrome can lead to depression in some people as well, due to the lack of sleep.

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Changing Your Habits

One of the best natural remedies for treating restless leg syndrome is changing your habits. If you are smoking, drinking alcohol, or consuming a lot of caffeine, this could be causing your symptoms to get worse. If you start to limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine and quit smoking, this could help to reduce your symptoms. If you need help limiting your intake of alcohol, you can get treatment for that as well.

Tight Clothing

While not much research is available to prove that tight clothing aggravates symptoms of restless leg syndrome, it may be something to consider. There have been some patients who have stated that wearing tight clothing to bed makes their symptoms worse. When they wear loose fitting clothing, it reduces some of their symptoms. This may be something you want to test out to see if it makes any difference for you.

Sleep Schedule

If you have restless leg syndrome, it is recommended that you get into the best sleep schedule you can. People who have a difficult time sleeping need to have good sleep routines. Without those routines, you may be losing even more sleep. You should try to get in bed and get up at the same time every day. The room you sleep in should be dark, quiet, and cool. There shouldn’t be any electronic distractions. Creating better sleep habits may not reduce symptoms that much, however, it could help you get more and higher quality sleep. If you are having difficult getting into a regular sleep schedule you can always consult your family doctor.

Exercise Routines

If you have mild to moderate restless leg syndrome it might be helpful to create and stick to an exercise routine. Exercise could help you feel better if you have this disorder. Some restless leg syndrome patients who exercise regularly say they have a reduction in symptoms and they sleep better. Not only that, but exercising regularly, can put you into a better state of mind, which can help you feel better throughout the day and feel less tired. Yoga, stretching, and walking are all some examples of what to put in your exercise routine.

2/11/2019 2:18:29 PM

Maxine is absolutely correct. As I read the article, I became convinced that the author has never experienced restless legs. I agree with all of the suggestions for improving sleep in a normal situation, but none apply in helping minimize restless leg symptoms. My RLS began at the age of 40 and at a time when I was working out between six to ten hours per week, not including biking to and from work (12 miles each way), a job on my feet and walking all day. I had also eliminated caffeine several years prior, wasn’t a smoker, and had not changed my habit of regular bedtime hours in years. My RLS has become progressively worse over the ensuing 27 years. Today I am unable to sit or lay down, late in the day, for more than a few minutes without wanting to climb the walls. Pramipexole dihydrochloride has been the only help, I’ve found, and seems to work best if taken before the symptoms start. Once they start it seems to take forever for the meds to work. I go nowhere without my medication. To be sure the good habits suggested can’t ™hurt, and are beneficial to ones help in general, but they will not help you sleep when your legs, pelvis, and lower spine are forcing you to move in a constant, never ending, frenetic way! Low levels of ferritin are thought to be a factor, but my normal levels dispute that, I guess. I certainly relate to Maxine and wonder if she has travelled to any third world countries prior to her symptoms starting. Mine began about six months, to a year, after returning from six weeks camping and travelling in central East Africa. Could a parasite be the cause? It truly feels to me as though some tiny aliens are tickling, poking, causing tiny electric jolts throughout my lower pelvis and legs!

1/30/2019 4:07:41 PM

Good points for someone with (sleep) problems, but my restless legs have nothing to do with any of these things. I don't smoke, drink alcohol and I go to bed regularly at a reasonable time. Exercise can help a little, but doesn't stop RLS from striking. Has the person that wrote that article ever experienced RLS? I know that MSG, preservatives, etc. can bring on an episode, so I've tried to cut out all those, but I still loose so much sleep. I wish I had an answer.

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