According to statistical data, more than 5 million people in the USA are suffering from moderate to severe form of restless legs syndrome also known as RLS. Additionally, even 1 in 10 adults suffers from this condition and it is shocking the fact that over 1 million children of school age also have RLS.
What are the symptoms of this phenomenon?
– Unconfortable feeling in the legs
– Desire for shaking the legs
– Pain in foot
Most patients experience these symptoms during the night.
Although this is not severe medical condition, it still has negative impact on the quality of life and ability to perform everyday activities.
Experts explain that there are primary and secondary syndromes of restless leg.
At the primary restless leg syndrome, the disorder is hereditary. To be more precise, there is part of the brain that is responsible for monitoring. The secondary form of this illness usually is caused by factors like anemia, impaired kidney function, pregnancy, damaged peripheral nerves and degenerative diseases of the spine.
Moreover, at some patients this disorder is consequence of using certain medications like antidepressants, antipsychotics and consuming a lot of coffee, alcohol and nicotine.
In most cases, the diagnosis is made using clinical picture. Besides laboratory findings and complete blood count, determination of hormonal status and kidney samples also are required. Depending on the diagnosis, certain minerals, vitamins, certain exercises, analgesics or tranquilizers tablets are prescribed.
On which way you can alleviate the symptoms?
The simplest way to facilitate the symptoms is by getting up and waking up around for same time. Experts recommend you to stretch well before going to sleep. In order to do that, simply sit on the floor with your legs stretched out and then slowly bend your torso to the feet until you will be able to reach the hands in this position for few minutes. Another excellent option is to warm bath before sleeping as that will provide you relief of the symptoms. Throughout the day you should practice some simple exercises and walks in the fresh air. It is advisable to exercise regularly and to practice yoga that includes stretching, deep breathing and relaxation. You should avoid any drinks that contain caffeine like black tea and coffee as they have bad impact on the blood circulation and sleep quality.
Doctors say that in some cases, patients who suffer from restless legs syndrome actually suffer from lack of iron in the blood. Therefore, you can start to consume ingredients which are abundant in iron. For example you can eat red meat, prunes and beet.
1 tablespoon chamomile flowers
1 tablespoon crushed fruit hip
1 teaspoon honey
A bit lemon juice
½ liter boiled water
First of all boil the water and pour it on the chamomile and rosehip flowers, cover it and leave it stand for several minutes. Next step is to should strain it and add the lemon juice and honey. It is recommended to consume this tea several times during the day and right before you go to bed.
Combine 5 drops of basil and marjoram and 3 drops of almond oil. Every night before you go to bed massage your feet with this great mixture.