Health

Dealing with Restless Leg Sydrome

RLS can hit at the most inconvenient times.

One of the most annoying, unexplainable thing our bodies does is make our legs restless. 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 Restless Leg Syndrome (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.

1. Take a walk

Getting at least 20 minutes of exercise every day can go a long way towards reducing your RLS symptoms. If you still have the urge to move your legs when you’re trying to rest at night, have a quick walk to the kitchen or bathroom to kick the feeling.

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2. 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.

3. Wear socks

Some experts have found that a lot of people who suffer from restless legs syndrome also seem to have cold feet, so pop some socks on to keep them warm.

4. Massage

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When you feel discomfort, lift your legs and give them a rub or massage – or better yet, have someone else do it for you!

5. Distractions

Before bed, do a crossword or puzzle to keep your mind off your legs. You might find you fall asleep despite the annoying feeling.

6. 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!?

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7. 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.

8. Drink chamomile tea

Chamomile tea helps to relax you and induce sleep, plus it tastes great.

9. Apple cider vinegar

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ACV is such a great cure all and some swear a tablespoon mixed with a cup of water before bed to relieve RLS symptoms.

10. Supplements

RLS can be brought on by deficiencies in iron, folate, and magnesium so taking a supplement to help your levels can help reduce the symptoms and ease those unpleasant sensations in your legs.

Do you suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome? How do you handle it?

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