Do you feel tingling and burning sensations in the lower limbs? Then you are probably suffering from restless legs syndrome.
Described in 1945 for the first time in the medical literature and best known in the 80s, restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs. This “sickly” need is often accompanied by pain and discomfort in the legs.
RLS is a condition that affects the quality of life. It can cause fatigue, chronic insomnia and daytime sleepiness.
What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome?
- Need to move and shake the legs
- Foot pain
- Feeling of discomfort in the legs
Remember that these symptoms are relieved by moving; they can occur daily or intermittently and can be severe or mild. These embarrassing sensations often occur during inactivity or rest periods, while you sit in a meeting, rest or travel by plane!
Causes for restless legs syndrome
There are primary and secondary syndromes. When it comes to primary RLS, the cause of the disease is often hereditary and is the part of the brain that is responsible for monitoring.
The secondary form of the disease can be caused by factors such as anemia, pregnancy, kidney disease and degenerative diseases of the spine.
In addition, sometimes RLS results from:
- Use of certain medications such as antidepressants and antipsychotics
- Excessive consumption of coffee
Usually the diagnosis is made as clinically indicated. Blood tests, hormone profile and kidney condition are necessary for diagnosis. After diagnosis, minerals, vitamins and painkillers or tranquilizers may be prescribed, sport can also be highly recommended.
How to relieve the symptoms of restless legs syndrome?
Doing simple exercises and walking.
Experts recommend doing stretches before bedtime. Sit on the floor, legs straight and slowly lower your torso to the legs to be able to touch your toes with your hands. Keep that position for few minutes.
Taking a warm bath before bedtime relieves the symptoms of RLS.
During the day, take a yoga session that consists mainly of stretching, deep breathing and relaxation.
Avoid caffeinated beverages such as black tea and coffee because it damages the blood circulation and the quality of sleep.
In many cases, the restless legs syndrome is due to iron deficiency in the blood. So remember to encourage consumption of foods rich in iron such as red meat (in moderation), prunes and beet.
Mix 5 drops of basil essential oil, 5 drops of marjoram essential oil and 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Massage your feet with this mixture every night before bed.
This massage with essential oils provides analgesic and relaxing properties to soothe RLS.
Important note: Essential oils are not for children under 3 and pregnant or lactating women.
Recipe for a tea to relieve restless legs syndrome
- 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers
- 2 cups of boiling water
- A small amount of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of pure honey
Pour the hot water over the chamomile flowers, cover and let it sit for few minutes. Then, strain and add lemon juice and honey. Sip this tea throughout the day, and before bed.
The chamomile tea calms the body and mind. Indeed, chamomile is a flower with soothing effects, it helps to find sleep and reduce cramps and muscle contractions. These virtues help relieve symptoms of restless legs syndrome and calm your mind, for a better quality of life.
Chamomile is not recommended for people allergic to plants belonging to the Asteraceae family such as dandelion, daisy, echinacea, and pregnant women, because it triggers menstruation.
References: helpguide.org, sleeppassport.com