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Help Me Make it Through the Night: Restless Legs Syndrome

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It seems like your legs just won’t stop moving even when you try to sleep. Restless leg syndrome can lead to many a sleepless night.

If you have been experiencing something like this, it’s time to get help.

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome or RLS is the term used to describe the movement of your legs when your body is at rest. Those who have this condition often say that they have an uncontrollable urge to move their legs even though they want to go to sleep.

The only thing that seems to make the legs feel better is to move. But, if it is midnight, you’d rather be asleep than walking around. What can you do?

Millions of people are affected by this condition. Some have inherited it, but the incidence of RLS can increase as you get older. In any case, as the day winds down, your legs are just ramping up.

What is it about this condition?

There are many different words used to describe the sensation, but here are just a few:

* Crawling
* Tingling
* Pain
* Electric feeling
* Tension
* Itching
* Burning
* Creeping feeling

This occurs throughout the entire leg. It is often felt in the calves and thighs. Some people even feel these sensations in their hands and feet.

No one exactly knows why restless leg syndrome occurs. It is believed by researchers to be linked to the level of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that controls muscle movement in the body. Low levels of it are believed to lead to problems like this.

What can you do to get a good night’s sleep again?

All is not lost. You can reduce the incidence of discomfort in your legs with a few tips.

* Get exercise. Muscles change and grow as they respond to stress placed upon them. This is what happens when you get the body pumping with exercise like aerobics and weight training. The muscles need time to rest and repair after a good workout and this can lead to a calmer night for you.

* Avoid caffeine and other stimulants. If you need to feel refreshed in the morning, then by all means, have a cup of coffee. But, try to avoid drinking it too late in the afternoon. Caffeine can overstimulate you and even increase your leg movement at night.

* Engage your mind. If the body has to sit, then let the mind stay busy. In the evenings, try reading a stimulating book, engage in a little “neur-obics” with crossword puzzles or try a hobby like sewing, model building or painting.

* Take a relaxing bath. Muscles become more pliable and relaxed in the presence of warmth. Try a nightly soak in the bath with infusions of lavender or chamomile. Both are herbs that are used to relax the body. Give those legs a good rub as well to settle them down.

Restless leg syndrome can disrupt your sleep cycle and your entire life. Use the tips above to help alleviate as many symptoms as you can to get your life back under control.

Related Natural Product

LegCalm is a natural, safe and effective herbal and homeopathic remedy for treating Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and Periodic Limb Movement (PLM). Presented in convenient capsule form, regular use can help to relieve the symptoms of these troublesome sleep disorders as well as address the underlying causes.

This remedy eliminates the crawling and uncomfortable sensations experienced in RLS; prevents night-time twitching, restlessness and muscle spasms; promotes more restful and uninterrupted sleep; helps with improved circulation and aids absorption of minerals from the diet, preventing deficiencies and anemia. Formulated by a clinical psychologist, LegCalm is pharmaceutically manufactured to the highest standards.

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