Mention the term “restless leg syndrome” to most people and they immediately think of it as being something superficial, unimportant and something that you’re making an unnecessary fuss about. It couldn’t however be further from the truth. If you live with the condition you’ll know how much it can affect your life. It keeps you awake at night which in turn will affect your ability to work. It saps your energy so that you can’t enjoy the things in life that most people take for granted and it can get to the point where you feel you can’t put up with it for much longer.
Over the years research has been done in to what actually causes it but it’s generally thought of as something you just have to live with; not very helpful when you’re at your wits end.
It seems that it can run in families so if your parents are affected by it then there is more chance of you suffering in the future. It can also affect pregnant women which can be just one more annoying thing to add to the list of inconveniences. Recommendations for reducing the symptoms include stopping smoking which is not much help to those who don’t smoke in the first place. Having a blood test to check your iron levels is also recommended as this can sometimes contribute. Reduce the amount of caffeine you consume as it can affect dopamine levels in the brain which can be a contributing factor, also try using a hot tub on a regular basis. Hot tub therapy, as outlined to us by Vita Spa, has been successful for many as it can help with relaxation and can reduce the unpleasant sensations in the legs. Whilst in the hot tub you can also do one or two gentle stretching exercises to release any tight muscles.