Restless Leg Syndrome Home Remedies

Restless leg syndrome is a documented neurological disorder that can have negative consequences on attempting to get a good night’s sleep. If you are one of the unlucky millions of people who suffer from RLS (restless leg syndrome) a typical night for you might look something like crawling into bed, getting ready to fall asleep and just about when your body starts to relax, the sensations in your legs begin. These sensations have been described in a number of ways from those who suffer from RLS. Just some of these ways include the following feelings in your legs: burning, creeping, prickling, tingling, tugging or perhaps even worse, some have reported that it feels like there are bugs crawling up their legs.
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With all that going on how on earth are RLS sufferers supposed to ever fall asleep? Some people only suffer on occasions such as when under a lot of stress, while other unfortunate ones have to deal with it each and every night and still others have to deal with it not only in their legs but in their arms as well.

Uncomfortable and unusual sensations deep inside the legs make for a very strong compelling urge to move them. Some describe these annoying symptoms as a creepy crawly feeling or as jitteriness. What is even more unusual is that these symptoms tend to begin or even get worse when someone is sitting down, or trying to rest or relax whereas most leg pains are usually given some amount of relief just by resting.

Restless leg syndrome is usually the worst at night particularly while lying down but in very severe cases, they may actually start in the day and become very intense at night.

Some people with RLS also suffer with PLMD (periodic limb movement disorder) which causes the individual to have cramping in their legs and jerking movements while asleep. Obviously, for those people suffering from both, it is nearly impossible for a good night’s sleep, especially if that person is sharing a bed with someone else. I can only imagine bruises on the one not suffering from these quite bothersome conditions or worse yet if both people have the same conditions.

There is good news however and many people can benefit from just making some simple lifestyle changes. Since fatigue can make RLS symptoms even worse, it is imperative to work on getting a solid night of sleep each night, even if that means setting a sleep schedule in which you go to bed at the same time every single night. Do give yourself plenty of wind down time before attempting to go to bed and try things like warm relaxing bubble baths or perhaps reading in bed. If you are like me and like to watch late night television, you may want to consider either watching shows earlier in the evening, or if you just cannot miss some of your favorite shows that can make it hard to sleep (i.e. Criminal Minds for one example) perhaps you could tape it and watch it earlier-even in the day.
Restless Leg Syndrome Home Remedies

1. Stretching: Doing regular daytime stretches might be the very best way to get RLS under control. There are a few different types of stretches to try starting with the contracting stretch; tighten up your legs by squeezing and contracting muscles and hold for about 10 seconds, then release. Do this for a few minutes. You can also tighten and contract your entire body either laying straight or bundled in the fetal position and squeeze, hold for a few seconds and then release and relax the muscles.

2. Warm Baths: Take a warm bath right before bed to relax and reduce stress in your muscles. Try a few yoga stretches after you get out of the bath as well to further relax the muscles and relieve tension.

3. Wear socks to bed: Keep those tootsies warm and cozy in long tube socks. Some people who suffer from restless legs syndrome also often times have cold feet, keeping them warm and wrapped has helped a number of people and is a simple restless leg syndrome home remedy to try.

4. Cold Water Soak: If you have trouble sleeping on a warm night due to the uncomfortable feeling of RLS, try soaking your feet in a cold water foot bath with a little peppermint scrub to relax the senses. The cold water can calm nerves and the relaxing scent will surely reduce the tingling.

5. Skip on the Caffeine: Some sufferers of RLS say that staying away from caffeine can help a great deal in dealing with the night time troubles. Instead, try a nice herbal or green tea if you need a little something to help get you by.

Don’t forget to exercise since it is so very important for your overall health, but it also helps in the ability to diminish RLS symptoms. There are simple exercises that can help a lot such as walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or even having some fun doing some jumping jacks. However, doing intensive exercising such as one would do in training for a marathon or the Olympics can actually make restless leg syndrome worse. Be sure to see your doctor if your condition does not improve or gets worse.

Additional Resources:

http://www.rls.org/
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm

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