It is estimated that Restless Leg Syndrome affects between 5-10% of the population. This neurological disorder is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move your legs due to an uncomfortable sensation or pain, a problem which can make sleep seem also impossible to obtain.
However, Dr. Charles Bae, who is a sleep medicine specialist at the Sleep Disorders Center in the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, shared 5 great tips make nights a little more comfortable for anyone who has Restless Legs Syndrome:
1. Get up and walk around immediately if you are sleeping or trying to fall asleep and RLS symptoms occur; a quick walk may be just what you need to calm them.
2. Take a warm shower or bath before bed; this will also help you ease into sleep much easier.
3. Don’t underestimate the power of doing a relaxing activities before climbing into bed. Take up crossword puzzles, mediation, writing in a journal or reading to easy your mind of anxieties and worry.
4. If you are in bed and feel your symptoms coming up, quickly began to rub or massage your legs to keep the discomfort from getting worse.
5. Once you began to feel to feel sleepy in bed, trying keeping yourself awake until you accidently are overtaken by snooze.
If you have Restless Legs Syndrome getting better sleep may in turn improve your symptoms. Speak with a licensed sleep specialist to get more advice on sleeping better to boost your overall well-being!