Restless Legs Syndrome

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is typically described as a sudden and uncontrollable urge to move the legs. Individuals who are suffering from this condition use terms such as gnawing, creeping, crawling, jittery, tingling, burning, and aching to describe the sensations. The symptoms begin to occur or worsen when the patient is resting and the symptoms subside when the patient starts moving. The symptoms can fluctuate in severity and can also disappear intermittently. Some of the symptoms are listed below:
RLS is related to a condition called myoclonus, which is now referred as periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS). In this condition, the patient involuntarily flexes and extends his or her legs while he or she is asleep. The patient may experience numerous twitching or kicking movements throughout the night. If the patient has a severe case of RLS, these involuntary kicking movements may also occur while he or she is awake.

Usually, the symptoms become worse in the evening and at nighttime. Children and young adults exhibit mild symptoms. The symptoms in older individuals are usually more severe and cause many sleep disturbances that can ultimately alter a person's normal life.

Natural Cures

The natural remedies described below, in conjunction with medical care and used with the approval of your doctor, may help to ease restless legs syndrome.

Vitamins and Minerals

There have been medical studies that indicate that individuals who are suffering from restless legs syndrome should increase their dietary intake of folate. Another possible treatment for restless leg syndrome is a diet high in natural iron. Good sources of folate are leafy green vegetables (like spinach and turnip greens), fruits (like citrus fruits and juices), and dried beans and peas. Red meats, fish, and poultry are good dietary sources of iron. If your diet lacks a sufficient amount of these nutrients, consider taking supplements and follow the intake guideline mentioned on the label of the supplement bottle.

Herbal remedies

Several studies have established that the use of valerian as a complementary treatment may benefit individuals with RLS. Valerian is a sleep-inducing herb that has been used for centuries as a sleeping aid without the side effects of cognitive impairment, hangover effect, or addiction. Valerian, hops, and passion flower are wonderful herbs that induce soothing and restful sleep. Combine equal parts of these herbs and add one teaspoon of this blend to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain, and drink before retiring for the night. St. John’s Wort is also very beneficial for treating high-strung nerves. Put one teaspoon of this herb in one cup of boiling water. Drink three cups of this mixture each day or one cup at night before bedtime.

Preventing and dealing with Restless Legs Syndrome

Some simple lifestyle changes can help to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of RLS. Given below are some useful tips:

Proper diet is very helpful in preventing RLS. The diet must include an adequate amount of iron and B vitamins, especially B12 and folic acid.
Certain foods such as sugar and gluten that may aggravate RLS should be avoided. Consider consuming a diet that is low in fat.
Follow a regular sleeping pattern and ensure that you sleep in a comfortable position.
Practice moderate and regular exercise.
Techniques that promote muscle relaxation and stress reduction, such as yoga and meditation, are also quite helpful in preventing the occurrence of restless legs syndrome in individuals who are susceptible to it.
Avoid or minimize your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
A hot bath before bed is very helpful in preventing RLS symptoms.
Some medications may cause the symptoms of RLS. Consult a doctor to inquire about these probable side effects, particularly if the symptoms first arise after starting a new medication.

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