Foods to Avoid Before Bedtime

We all like to eat, but eating right before bed may in fact cause a significant amount of trouble with sleep.  There are some foods and beverages that may be fine to eat before sleeping, but some of the worst also happen to be some of the most popular late-night foods and drinks.  Here is a list of some of …

Common Treatments For RLS Make the Disease Worse

A large-scale study of treatment for Willis-Ekbom disease Restless Legs Syndrome (or WED/RLS) published in February 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the drug pregabalin (Lyrica) controls symptoms as well as pramipexole (Mirapex), but with significantly lower incidence of augmentation. Augmentation is a worsening of symptoms with long-term use, and occurs in about one third of WED/RLS …

Valerian For Management of Restless Legs

A lack of sleep do to insomnia or RLS can pose significant health and emotional well-being concerns for many people. Of those with RLS symptoms, 86% will have insomnia as well and will sleep less than the recommended 6.5 hours or more per night. Often when we are faced with consistent difficulty falling or staying asleep, we may look for …

Heart Disease Risk and Restless Legs Syndrome

by Bradley Gillespie, PharmD A 2008 study conducted by John Winkelman, MD, PhD, of the Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Brighton, MA, and colleagues examined the association between Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and cardiovascular disease. Their sample for this evaluation was more than 1,500 men and nearly 1,900 women with an average age …