Restless Legs is best described as an uncontrollable, strong urge to move your legs. You feel the need to move your legs, mostly when you are trying to relax, causing difficulties in sleep. RLS, (or Restless Legs Syndrome) could give you unpleasant sensations in your legs, that occur mostly at bedtime. These sensations usually only feel better when you move your legs. You feel very uncomfortable and feel worse unless you move your legs. When the disorder is severe, you also may have the urge to move your arms, but that only happens in rare cases. Studies have shown that more than10% of people suffer from restless legs, a nervous system disorder.
Many different symptoms have been described by people suffering from RLS, such as leg pain, cramping, tingling, itching, burning, or aching, and the symptoms will start or get worse when you’re inactive, or in the evening. The urge to move increases when you’re sitting still or lying down and resting. Restless leg syndrome usually begins slowly. Over time, the legs become more affected.
Think you’ve got restless legs? There is no magic pill to be rid of this horrible problem, but there is a process of recovery. It won’t be easy, but there is no RLS that is beyond repair. RLS usually happens at night when you are trying to sleep and if you have a hard time falling asleep due to your RLS symptoms, when morning comes, you could run into even more problems than your RLS. Since you haven’t been sleeping well, you may end up really tired during the day, which can be dangerous, especially while working or driving. You may get headaches from lack of good sleep, and you will probably have irritability and other mood symptoms. This could cause more stress in your life. Sometimes stress can be one of the causes of RLS symptoms and sometimes the RLS symptoms can cause the stress. That is why it is so important to do whatever you can to alleviate your restless legs as soon as you can before other things in your life start to suffer.
We do know that RLS has a lot to do with Inflammation. When you have less inflammation, you have less restless legs. The process to remove what is causing your inflammation is a job. And a big one at that. First of all, inflammation can be caused by what you are putting in your body. In other words, your nutrition or food. This means that you will have to make a change to your eating habits to stop the inflammation which in turn can stop the RLS. Changing your eating habits by avoiding foods that cause the inflammation will set you on the right path of relief from RLS. Then, adding more anti-inflammatory foods to your diet will set you on the road to recovery. Moving in this healthy direction will have more benefits for you than just relief from RLS. As you begin removing the bad foods that are causing inflammation and adding in the good foods that will fight inflammation, you will be gaining relief from other things that may be weighing heavy on your mind. Weight, for one thing, is something that can be reduced as well when you begin to implement these changes to your diet. Some of the same healthy foods that will help with your RLS symptoms will also assist in getting you and keeping you at your goal weight.
Want to find out how to naturally relieve restless legs? Stay tuned for The Joys’ next RLS article “Inflammation -Foods that will cause it or fight it.”
This article is written by Cynthia Joy Maurice. Cynthia is a Life Design & Holistic Wellness Specialist. For your convenience she provides consultations and services at 4 locations in the Myrtle Beach, SC area; as well as in the comfort of your home or online. To contact Cynthia, please call 843-465-7138 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org