Restless legs are just about the most annoying, unexplainable thing our bodies can do. Our fidgety legs can keep us up to all hours and frustrate us to no end.
It is more common in women than men and those who suffer from RLS often have aches, pains, or sensations in the legs when they’re laying down or sitting. Your legs feel like getting up and going somewhere even though the rest of your body and mind are ready for sleep!
The symptoms of RLS can vary from person to person with some people experience mild symptoms every now and then, while others may have more severe symptoms. But no matter what your level of restlessness is, there are some solutions you can try to alleviate the annoying feeling.
Here’s 9 of the best:
1. Take a walk
If the urge to move your legs comes, have a quick walk to the kitchen or bathroom – it could make the symptoms disappear
When you feel discomfort, lift your legs and give them a rub or massage.
Before bed, do a crossword or puzzle to keep your mind off your legs. You might find you fall asleep despite the annoying feeling
4. Bar of soap
This has yet to be proven by science but a lot of anecdotal evidence shows that putting a bar of lavender soap under your sheets near your feet can relax your legs. Worth a shot, right!?
5. Reduce your stress levels
RLS is often brought on by stress and anxiety, so try to reduce stress with relaxation techniques, such as breathing and meditation, or even yoga. Other activities such as colouring in can take your mind off your daily stresses.
6. Drink chamomile tea
Chamomile tea helps to relax you and induce sleep, plus it tastes great.
7. Wear socks
Some experts have found that a lot of people who suffer from restless legs syndrome also seem to have cold feet – so why not pop on some socks? It could help.
8. Apply menthol cream or ointment
Tiger Balm, Vapor Rub and even deep heat creams can help relieve your symptoms and relax the muscles in your legs. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after applying as these creams can sting if you touch your eyes.
9. Apple cider vinegar
ACV is such a great cure all and some swear by a tablespoon before bed to relieve RLS symptoms.
Do you have any other tips to add?