Are you suffering from restless legs syndrome? Restless legs syndrome is actually a quite common problem. It´s a condition of the nervous system that gives you every now and then the feeling, that you need to move your legs. Restless legs syndrome is often worst at night. It can leave you tossing and turning in bed. This is turn, can cause a lot of problems, including depression, sleeping disorders, insomnia, and anxiety.
In severe cases, restless legs can affect even your personal life and everyday routines.
Sounds familiar? Then keep reading, because this article is for you.
Restless legs syndrome – who are most affected?
The urge to move your legs constantly and unintentionally for example in bed can be quite tiresome. For some people, this urge occurs rather occasionally. Others have it every day.
Most times, women are more vulnerable to restless legs syndrome. Especially young moms. Actually, restless legs syndrome can affect anyone at some point. Usually, most people suffering from restless legs syndrome are in middle age, although symptoms can also develop in childhood.
It´s important to notice that restless legs syndrome is not a disease, more like a signal your body sends to your mind. The actual cause of this disorder is yet quite unknown.
In some cases, it can be related to how your body handles dopamine, a chemical that is involved in controlling your body movements. It can also be a side-effect of an underlying health condition, for example, if you have iron deficiency, diabetes, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or chronic problems with your kidneys or thyroid. Likewise, the underlying cause can lie in certain prescription drugs, like antidepressants, antihistamines, lithium, metoclopramide, or calcium channel blockers.
The is a strong link between restless legs and pregnancy. About 1 in 5 pregnant women will experience this syndrome at some level, especially at the end of their pregnancy.
Research has shown, that restless legs syndrome can be inherited even with our genes. Restless legs can also be triggered by stressful times, excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, and lack of regular exercise.
How to overcome restless legs syndrome
For some people, restless legs cause such a mess in their lives, that they start to avoid their partner and prefer to sleep in their guestroom or sofa. But this is not going to solve the problem, right?
Unfortunately, there are no pills that help you to cure your restless legs.
But there are some adjustments you can do to relieve your symptoms:
- Review your lifestyle and sleeping habits
- Set up a routine – go to bed and wake up exact time 7 days a week
- Meditate, go jogging or take a brisk walk – try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day
- Use weighted blanket
Weighted blankets have been used for a long time to treat children with special needs, because of their scientifically proven ability to help us relax.
The magic behind weighted blankets lies in deep touch pressure, that according to research effectively alleviates stress and anxiety. And when you feel more relaxed, it´s quite possible the strong urge to unintentionally and constantly move your legs will also start to disappear.
People using weighted blanket have noticed they fall asleep better, wake up less times at night, and feel more refresh in the mornings.
With these tiny adjustments and weighted blanket, you soon start to feel that your body and mind are functioning better, both nighttime and while being awake. Stick with your new routine and try sleeping with your new blanket for at least 30 days.