Who is most commonly affected by RLS and what is it?
- RLS may affect up to 10% of the US population and in both genders but is more commonly found in women.
- Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS, is a disorder that gives one’s body an odd sensation or uncomfortable feeling that can only be relieved by moving around. In most cases, it will occur in the legs but can occur in other parts of the body. Usually the sensations happen when someone is resting or trying to sleep.
Is RLS genetic?
- Most of the time, RLS goes unrecognized or misdiagnosed, especially if the symptoms are mild. It can occur at any age but it can get more severe with age.
- Nearly half of all cases have someone in their family with the condition so genes may play a role in the cause but in actuality, RLS has not yet been diagnosed. Some of the factors that may cause RLS include, iron deficiency, Parkinson’s disease, blood clots, kidney failure, diabetes, certain medications, alcohol use, sleep deprivation, and even pregnancy.
Prevention & Symptom reducers
- The treatment for RLS includes more iron in a person’s diet, less alcohol, stop smoking, reduction of caffeine, better sleep, medications, leg massages, and best of all a regular exercise routine.
- Exercise is a great way to treat RLS because it can greatly improve the circulation of blood to and from a person’s legs. It can help reduce blood clots by increasing blood flow, the amount of HDL cholesterol, and by increasing the blood concentration of white blood cells in the blood stream. Diabetes and sleep deprivation are also causes for RLS and exercise can help improve all three at the same time. By exercising, you can control your sleeping routine a lot better, helping with insulin production, which helps regulate fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Bottom line, exercising is a great way to reduce RLS by increasing blood flow to your body parts, tires your muscles which in turn reduces the sensation for the need to move one’s legs.
|1. Get up and walk||………||7. Make a bedtime habit|
|2. Check out your caffeine consumption||8. Stick to a schedule|
|3. Modify your medication||9. Soothe your stress|
|4. Take a bath||10. Exercise your legs|
|5. Change your temperature||11. Stretch your legs|
|6. Make sure you’re eating well||12. Wear socks to bed|