4 Lifestyle Tips to Cope with RLS

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Have you ever sat down to relax and felt a throbbing pain, or a feeling like something is crawling up your leg? Do you feel an overwhelming urge to keep moving your legs? You may be suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

RLS usually begins in middle age and is more common in women. Symptoms are usually worse at night, which keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep.  Medical conditions that may play a role in the development of RLS include diabetes, iron deficiency anemia, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney disease.

Medications are available, but there are many lifestyle changes that will also make a difference. Here are 4 lifestyle tips to cope with RLS:

Massage

Massage is a nice treat anytime, and improves the circulation in your restless leg. Boosting circulation helps move the blood through congested areas.

Warm Bath

Who doesn’t like to soak in a warm bath after a hard day? Add two cups of Epsom Salts to the bathwater. Epsom salts contains magnesium which is soothing to the muscles.

Elevation

Order a leg-raising pillow to keep your legs more relaxed while you sleep.  These pillows can usually be purchased at an orthopedist’s office or through an orthopedic catalog. Pillows are about a foot tall with very rigid foam.

Moderate Exercise

This isn’t the time to train for a half marathon, but moderate exercise such as walking or biking can help relieve RLS symptoms. Exercise earlier in the day so it doesn’t interfere with your sleep.