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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is an overwhelming urge to move the legs, which is accompanied by uncomfortable and unpleasant feelings such as tingling, twitching, jerking, burning, itching, aching and sometimes even a feeling similar to electric shocks. For the majority of sufferers, moving the legs is often one of the only ways to find relief.
Although there is no cure for RLS, there are helpful hints that will temporarily relieve the extremely uncomfortable symptoms.
These symptoms happen most frequently in the evening and at night, when you are inactive and trying to rest. It is often difficult for sufferers to fall asleep and remain sleeping. The lack of quality sleep makes you feel fatigued and sleepy during the day and can make it difficult to do well at your job, accomplish household chores and enjoy other daily activities.
It is therefore important to establish good sleep patterns. Have a quiet, cool and comfortable bedroom. Go to bed and arise at the same time every day. Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or visualization. Soak in a warm bath and massage your legs to relax your muscles. Walking around should calm your legs and help keep them still after you go to bed. Wear socks to keep your feet warm.
Apply warm or cool packs, or alternate the use of the two, to lessen the sensations in your limbs. Try putting a heating pad or hot pack on your legs, drape a cool towel over your legs or dip your feet in cool water.
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Getting moderate and regular exercise may bring relief, but overdoing it at the gym or working out late in the day may actually intensify symptoms. A daily walk at a moderate pace is a well-recommended exercise.
Cut back on caffeine-containing products including coffee, tea, soft drinks and even chocolate. Some over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications and allergy pills contain stimulants that can help create jittery legs. The pharmacist should be able to suggest non-stimulating alternatives.
A deficiency in iron, magnesium or folate may contribute to RLS, so eat a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods to get necessary vitamins and minerals.
Eliminate some of the stress in your life. Enjoy whatever your engaging hobby entails, learn new things from internet sources, keep in touch with relatives and friends and go play bingo or attend other fun and interesting sociable events.