Inside: Restless legs keeping you awake at night? Check out these tips and tricks for restless legs. They are easy to do and help you sleep well at night.
I still remember the first time I had restless legs. I was in high school and couldn't get to sleep. I kept feeling like my legs wanted to run. Which was kind of funny, since I hate running. Hours later without sleep it wasn't so funny. I had no idea what was happening.
It wasn't until years later that I even heard of restless leg syndrome. I realized that is what I had dealt with on and off for years. I have since learned some tricks for restless legs. If you have restless legs every night, this probably isn't for you. But, if your like me that has a flare up every week or so these tricks for restless legs would be great.
Magnesium is my favorite way to get rid of restless legs. My doctor recommended it a couple of years ago. I keep a bottle in my nightstand and if I feel restless leg coming on I take one. About 95% percent of the time this takes care of the restless legs. Magnesium is cheap and you can pick it up at any drug store. Just check with your doctor before you take it.
I have heard stress can increase restless legs so I always try to decompress before bed if I am having problems with my legs. Sometimes I just take the dogs out for a short walk or relax in a warm bath. Yoga is another great way to relax.
Both alcohol and caffeine can cause restless legs, so if you're having problems make sure you avoid these. This can be tough sometimes because I think it is relaxing to sit down with a glass of wine. If you want something more than water try tonic water. I can't stand the taste, but tonic water has quinine in it which is supposed to help with restless legs.
Iron, calcium, and potassium deficiencies have all been linked to restless legs. Blackstrap molasses is full of iron, calcium and potassium. It sure doesn't taste great, but you can try two tablespoons to help with the restless legs. I hate the taste so I pinch my nose and "drink" it quick. There are different types of molasses, make sure you get blackstrap.
Bananas is another great way to get some potassium. I like to eat a banana about 30 minutes before I go to bed. It works great as a health snack and I get the potassium I need. It's easy and it definitely tastes better than the molasses or tonic. If you have kids that have restless legs this can be a great one to do for them.
Epson salt lotion can be great to help with restless legs. I like to add a bit of lavender oil to make it smell great and relax me. If your legs are really restless you can get a leg cramp lotion. I use bengay or aspercreme which pretty much does the same thing. It's a warming feeling that tends to distract from the restless legs.
I am not a doctor, and I definitely recommend you talk to your doctor before you try the magnesium, but these tips and tricks have really helped me with my restless legs. What tricks for restless legs do you have?