If you suffer constantly or even occasionally from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), then you know how frustrating it can be to get to sleep at night when your legs just won’t stop jumping. There are some over-the-counter remedies available and even some homeopathic remedies that have proven to be somewhat successful, but what do you do on those nights when you find yourself without any medication and you can’t sleep. Are there any home remedies that you can try to find some relief? Thankfully, there are. Here are some that you can try:
Take a Hot Bath
Soaking in hot water can help relax your leg muscles. This helps because there is a relationship between tense muscles and the symptoms of RLS. In addition to the hot bath, add a cup or two of Epsom salts to the water prior to getting in the tub. Epsom salts are great for relaxing tired muscles.
Switch From Hot or Cold
If your legs start jumping after you have gone to bed, try changing the temperature in your room. It is not known for sure why this is effective, but sometimes an abrupt change in temperature can bring your symptoms under control long enough for you to fall asleep. Letting one leg lie exposed to cooler air may be enough to temporarily provide relief.
Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Starting from your feet and slowly working your way to your head, tense each muscle group for a few moments and then relax them. Work your way slowly up your body. By the time you are through you should be thoroughly relaxed.
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Engage in Mild Stretching
Stretching the calves and hamstrings has been shown to decrease RLS symptoms for some people. The goal is not to set a stretching record, but a gentle stretching routine prior to bed can be quite beneficial to those suffering from RLS.
Go For a Walk
It has often been thought that RLS is related to poor circulation in certain people. Try taking in a walk around the block before bedtime. If you are already in bed when the symptoms start, get up and walk around your house for a few minutes, or even do a few deep knee bends. Just doing something to get your circulation pumping again can alleviate symptoms.
Develop a Bedtime Routine
None of the things mentioned in this article will solve your problem in every case. Some of the suggestions may help more than others. Find the ones that seem to work for you, and then develop a bedtime routine that incorporates them in a way that will be easy to repeat as often as needed.
There is no cure for RLS as of yet. However, doctors are starting to pay more attention to this condition and there is hope that soon something more definitive will be learned. Until then, we are left with doing what we can to find relief when necessary. Hopefully something in this article will be a help to you.