It’s 2:00 AM. You aren’t sleeping. Why? Because your legs are driving you nuts!
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is so frustrating. What causes it? What stops it…can it be stopped? What the heck can I do about this? If you find yourself thinking things along this line in the middle of the night, you have my sympathy. RLS sucks – really, it does.
I read an interesting article on Mattress Advisor. I learned a few things. Here are a couple of interesting facts:
There are three things that need to be considered when trying to deal with RLS. Start with the first one & work your way down. You will most likely need help from your primary care physician, but it’s worth the effort.
- Underlying Conditions – Do you have underlying conditions that can cause RLS?
- Lifestyle Changes – Do you need to make some lifestyle changes to alleviate RLS?
- Medication – If the first two don’t apply, maybe your doctor needs to prescribe medication.
Restless Leg Syndrome 5% – 10% of adults and 2% – 4% of children. The article by Andrea Pisani Babich, said that
“Researchers still can’t say for sure what causes RLS, but they have discovered evidence linking it to a few different factors, including genetics, pregnancy, iron abnormalities, and kidney abnormalities. They have also linked RLS with other conditions such as ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord, and neurological abnormalities, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Sleep Apnea.”– How to Sleep with Restless Leg Syndrome
I find it interesting that there are so many possible causes of RLS. The article covers a number of treatment possibilities. It provides hope that there are solutions, and we don’t have to give up our sleep and live with RLS. We may be able to do something about it!
Read the full article here: How to Sleep with Restless Leg Syndrome