Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), is a disorder that causes pain, burning, twitching, or jerking in your legs at night. It can lead to your legs aching during the day and leave you feeling run down and exhausted, as your sleep is constantly disrupted in the night. This can be a symptom of another, more serious condition, or can be a disorder unto itself. If you suffer from RLS, then you may want to try these natural remedies before starting any medication.
Take Iron Supplements – One of the most common reasons for RLS is an iron deficiency. If you have ever suffered from an iron deficiency, it could be back. If you think you have a deficiency, speak to a doctor who can help you regulate your iron intake.
Alter Your Diet – Some foods can impact RLS, including caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, or even foods to which you are intolerant. Try cutting the caffeine out earlier than usual, reducing the amount of alcohol you consume at night, and limiting the nighttime nicotine. Also, see if there is any pattern of foods you eat – if you are allergic or have an intolerance to a specific food it could be a trigger.
Exercise – Regular exercise, including walking, jogging, lifting weights, or any other kind of training can help reduce or eliminate the impact of RLS. If a lack of exercise is part of your problem, make sure you are not overdoing it late at night, as intense exercise near bedtime can actually exacerbate your symptoms.
Make a Routine – Going to bed at the same time every night, and following the same bedtime routine, can actually help with symptoms. The same can be said of getting up at the same time – even on days off.
Massage – Massaging the lower legs can help reduce the frequency and effects of RLS. Adding heat or cold to the massage routine can further help. Try this close to bedtime for the best results.
Find the Cause – For many people, the real cause of RLS is something else. If home remedies don’t seem to be working, consult a doctor to find out what’s causing the RLS. If there is an underlying issue, curing that will cure your RLS.
RLS can be a devastating issue. It can wreak havoc in your life and cause constant exhaustion and fatigue. But with these natural remedies, you can help reduce the effects and take back your life.