Statistics have showed that over 5 million people in the United States suffer from moderate to severe form of restless leg syndrome (RLS).
Moreover, 1 in 10 adults has this health issue and over one million children of school age have RLS.
If You Have This Feeling at Night – It Might Be Something Serious!
Here are the common symptoms of RLS.
- Pain in foot
- Uncomfortable feelings in the legs
- Desire for shaking the legs
Usually, the symptoms are more experiences during the night.
This is not a serious health condition, but it can affect your quality of life and the ability to perform everyday activities.
Causes of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
There are two different forms of this syndrome: primary and secondary. Consequently, their causes are different.
For instance, primary restless leg syndrome is hereditary syndrome and the reason lies behind the part of the brain which is responsible for monitoring. The secondary form of this syndrome may be caused by a wide variety of factors, such as impaired kidney function, damaged peripheral nerves, degenerative diseases of the spine, anemia, and pregnancy.
Sometimes, RLS can be a side –effect of some medications and bad habits, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, nicotine, coffee, and alcohol. The diagnosis is usually made on basis of a clinical picture and the lab results are based on hormonal status, kidney samples and complete blood count. In most cases, the patient is prescribed tranquilizers or analgesics or advised to take more vitamins, minerals, and exercise, depending on the diagnosis. Sometimes, the root cause can be an iron deficiency, so those people are recommended to consume more red meat, beets, and prunes in order to increase the levels of iron in their body.
On which way you can alleviate the symptoms?
The symptoms can be facilitated by getting up and waking up around at the same time. Experts however, recommend stretching just before bedtime, thus you need to sit on the floor with your legs stretched out and then slowly bend the torso to the feet to be able to reach the hands in this position for few minutes. Also, warm bath before sleeping is an excellent solution for relief of the symptoms. During the day practice simple exercises and walks in the fresh air. You can also exercise and practice yoga that includes stretching, deep breathing and relaxation. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine such as black tea and coffee because they do bad influence on the blood circulation and sleep quality.
In many cases though, people who suffer from restless legs syndrome actually suffer from lack of iron in the blood so it is good to start consuming ingredients which are rich in iron. Red meat, prunes and beet for example.
- ½ liter boiled water
- 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers
- 1 tablespoon crushed rosehip flowers
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Lemon juice
Pour the boiled water over the chamomile and rosehip flowers. Cover the mug and leave it for a while. Then, strain the liquid and add the honey and lemon juice. Consume the tea a couple of times daily and before going to bed.
Mix 3 drops of almond oil with 5 drops of basil and marjoram and massage the feet with this mixture every night.