If you suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) typically in the night, this means it is overwhelming to move your legs once you lie down. After lying down to sleep, just as the body tries to get comfortable, leg sensations begin to react. You begin to feel a crawling, tingling, or itching in the legs, and as you toss and turn, it only gets worse. If you try to ignore the crawling, tingling, or itching the urge to move is too much. If you are unsure whether or not you suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS) here are some signs and symptoms of RLS:
- Leg discomfort, tingling, itching feeling
- Rest triggers the symptoms
- Symptoms get worse at night as you attempt to sleep.
- Symptoms improve after you get out of bed walk or exercise your legs
My Biggest Struggle with Restless Leg Syndrome
I am a very active person; therefore, I move around a lot on my job and my legs feel fine during the day. However, at night when I lie down to relax and sleep, in the middle of the night a tightening sensation overtakes both my legs. Also, as soon as I sit to get settled down and be still by sitting in a chair, the sensations of crawling, tingling, or itching would start. After several weeks of going through these pains I was diagnosed with Restless Legs Syndrome.
Shortly after being diagnosed I woke up one morning with my body aching all over and it was hard to move. I was rushed to the emergency room where I was told that I had really low magnesium levels. From that visit I was put on magnesium supplements and I was so grateful for it because it really helped, although it takes an hour or two before my legs finally settle down. I also learned a few tips as natural treatments to relieve my legs from restless legs syndrome and promote peaceful sleep.
Tips for Natural Treatment and Promote Peaceful Sleep
- Get regular exercise such as stretching, walking and jogging for an hour before bed time which will help stimulate the legs and improve circulation
- Take a cold shower
- Soak in a hot tub of water
- Massage the legs
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever
- Do leg stretches and exercises
- Apply hot or cold packs to the legs which will help the legs to relax
- Limit or switch to no caffeine, alcohol and tobacco use.
- Lastly, to overcome the symptoms in night, try to lie down on your side placing a pillow in between the thighs of two legs. This will help in reducing the pressure on your legs, thus enabling better circulation for the legs and giving you a peaceful sleep.
Are you unsure if you suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome? Here are a few questions to ask yourself. Does your legs feel unpleasant, creepy-crawly, creeping, itching? If the answer is yes, then you might be suffering from restless legs syndrome.