What is Restless Legs Syndrome?
According to Mayo Clinic, “Restless Legs Syndrome is a condition characterized by a nearly irresistible urge to move the legs, typically in the evenings.Restless legs syndrome typically occurs while sitting or lying down. It generally worsens with age and can disrupt sleep.” It’s commonly known as RLS.
In most cases, this is not fatal,and you can treat this syndrome at home. RLS tends to strike at night usually when you are at rest. About 5 percent of the people have experienced RLS at least once in their lifetime. This condition is also known as Ekbom Syndrome. Next time when you are in your bed, and all of a sudden, you feel like dancing, you might have this condition.
Here are some techniques to calm yourself from restless legs syndrome.
- Get up and walk
- Soak your feet in cool water
- Do not use alcohol or as a sedative
- Quit Smoking
- Don’t eat big meals at night
- Cut your caffeine intake
Get up and walk
This is probably one of the best things you can do to treat RLS at home. You want to get up and walk as soon as you feel like walking. In some cases, walking reduces bedtime bouts of this syndrome. In general, walking can actually help you feel relaxed by releasing endorphins and balancing chemicals in your brain. If you are sleeping, change positions to see if that helps.
Soak your feet in cool water
To be honest, soaking your feet into cool water has many benefits. But it seems to help people with RLS a lot. Some people say this works for them, but some people say keeping their feet warm works for them. I’d suggest you try both. Just because you feel better immersing your feet into cold water, doesn’t mean you should use ice or keep your feet for too long in the water.
Do not use alcohol
A lot of researchers tend to believe that RLS is mainly because of the imbalance in chemicals in your brain; therefore, consuming alcohol can further aggravate this issue. Alcohol is a depressant that can dramatically make you anxious and hyper.
If you smoke, you might want to quit smoking because there is a direct correlation between RLS and smoking. Not to mention that giving up on smoking can save your from other life threatening diseases.
No big meals at night
If you are used to eating big meals before going to bed, this might be the right time to cut down on your meal portion. Your metabolism is usually slow during the night, and that can cause you to experience restless legs syndrome at night.
Say no to Caffeine
Again, caffeine is one of those substances that can imbalance chemicals in your brain as it is considered a highly addictive suppressant. If you have Restless Legs Syndrome, it is time that you think about giving up on your caffeine habit.
When to see the doctor?
Rarely, Restless Legs Syndrome can be fetal and chronic, so if you feel like the symptoms are hard to manage or you get weird sensations in the legs, it’s best to see your doctor. Some of the symptoms of Restless Legs syndromes can be warning signs for other medical issues such as lung disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological issues. So it’s always best to see your doctor for the peace of mind.
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