In restless leg syndrome the patients are not able to sleep well thinking that they have to keep the leg moving all the time. Or it can be due to a tingling felt along your thighs as well as calves. When you feel like insects scrawling under your legs, it becomes unbearable.
It will be a constant struggle for the patients to prevent the occurrence of feeling of the above sensations. Walking around is a method followed by such people to reduce the pain and burning due to symptoms. Though it helps to prevent the uneasy feeling, it definitely deprives the patient his normal sleep as he has to keep on moving all the time.
Many studies in sleep study centers have shown that most of the people suffering from restless leg syndrome are found to have deficiency of folate and iron in their blood. In one of the studies conducted in a sleep center, the participants were given 75 mg extra iron three times a day and this was continued for three months. During this period a noticeable reduction in their symptoms has been obtained. If you are a person suffering from this disorder, it is better that you consult with a doctor in a sleep study MD center and get your iron level tested.
Folate is abundantly found in leafy vegetables like spinach, asparagus etc. It is also abundantly available in cereals like wheat. Liver, eggs, sunflower seeds, beans etc are also rich store houses of this nutrient. Including the above items in your diet will be helpful in reducing the symptoms.
Another easy method to relieve the symptoms of RLS is to promote the flow of blood to the legs. Engaging in physical activities like walking, running etc. has been found to be very good in increasing the blood flow through legs. Exercises also have been very good in increasing the blood flow to legs and keep the symptoms under control.
Importance of life style changes in treating RLS cannot be underestimated. There are many elements that can contribute to the decrease in symptoms of RLS. Avoiding such elements is one important thing a patient has to follow to reduce escape from this disease. Drinking caffeine and smoking tobacco products can decrease the blood flow. So such bad habits have to be avoided as part of life style changes to escape from the severity of the symptoms of RLS.