If you suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS), you are all too familiar with that pulling or tugging feeling in your legs. You may, like many, also get an overpowering impulse to move your legs. This is especially the case at night making it nearly impossible to get a good night’s sleep. We can offer Home Remedies Restless Leg Syndrome.
While there is currently no cure for primary RLS, there are fortunately some non-drug interventions you can use at home to alleviate your bothersome symptoms. Below are a few helpful ideas.
Set a good sleep routine.
Your body can be trained to fall asleep more quickly and achieve a deeper sleep if you are on a consistent sleep redgament. Inconsistent bed and wake times can worsen your RLS symptoms. Do your best to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. If you can, it might help to go to bed a little later than usual and get up later too. This will help you achieve deeper sleep. Make sure that your bedroom is dark, comfortable and cool. Do not keep a TV or computer in your bedroom.
Iron and other supplements.
Since lower iron levels may be connected to the onset of RLS, your healthcare professional will more than likely suggest adding a iron supplements to your list of treatments.
Taking other supplements. Although, there is not much medical evidence to back it up, some patients claim to get relief from their RLS symptoms when they take vitamin B12, folic acid or magnesium.
Warm Bath and Muscle Rubs as Home Remedies Restless Leg Syndrome
Before bedtime, why not try a soak in a warm bath or a cool shower? Sometimes all it takes is a small change in your body temperature to make a big difference. Try experimenting with a heating pad or your legs. Others find relief after applying a cold pack on their legs.
Muscle rubs and massage. Before going to bed, try giving yourself a massage. A massage may help relieve your pain and RLS symptoms. Rub your muscles. It is especially effective in your calves. Try a massage just before going to bed and you might get a more restful night’s sleep.
Exercise and Stress Relief as Home Remedies Restless Leg Syndrome
Take up an exercise routine . Performing mild exercise regularly during the day can help you sleep better at night. Maybe take a brief walk or you could do some quick stretches before going to bed. Make sure not to exercise too hard before bed. Your RLS symptoms can get worse if you exercise too much or too vigorously, even if it is early in the day.
Relieving stress. Stress can cause flare ups in your RLS, making your symptoms worse. There are many useful techniques that can help you calm your anxieties and relax. Why not try some meditation, tai chi, deep breathing, yoga or progressive muscle relaxation.
Alternative Medicine Home Remedies Restless Leg Syndrome
Foot and toes stimulation. In some cases, patients find that stimulating their toes and feet with electrical impulses or vibrations provide much-needed relief from their RLS symptoms. Many people report having success when they stimulate their feet and toes for 5-10 minutes before going to sleep. Talk to your doctor. He or she can provide more information.
Acupuncture treatment. While there is still not hard medical proof that acupuncture can help with RLS symptoms, many suffering from RLS try acupuncture to relieve symptoms.
If you don’t find complete relief from the above, see our specialists at the Advanced Vein Center for a full medical workup to see if vein disease may be adding to your problems.