After a long day you work well under the wool. In thought you are already in dreamland, but your body is not working. Your legs feel trembling and you feel like you have to move them continuously. As a result, you can not sleep at all. Recognizable? Chances are you have restless legs syndrome , ie RLS. Read all about the causes, effects and solutions in this article!
What is restless leg syndrome?
Restless Legs Syndrome (RBS) or Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) literally means ‘having restless legs’. People with restless legs experience a feeling in their legs and have a constant urge to move them. The legs can feel itchy, burning and tingling and that feeling disappears only if they are actually moved.
An itchy, burning or tingling sensation in the legs
With restless legs, you always have the feeling that you have to move your legs. This feeling is stronger in the evening and occurs during moments of rest. For example, if you’re in the car, watching a movie on the couch or sitting in a waiting room.
But the feeling of restless legs is the worst when you go to sleep. Then you keep calm and calm your body for a long time. At those moments, the inclinations to move the fiercest, making it difficult to fall asleep. People with restless legs therefore often suffer from sleep problems and high fatigue.
About 10% of all people suffer from restless legs. These are both men and women, but in general, women are more likely to suffer from this.Restless legs during pregnancy are quite common and, even if you are 65+, you are more likely to have a chance.
Causes restless legs
One to feel in your legs so. But how does such a thing arise? To answer this, I first distinguish between two types of RLS:
In primary RLS, the cause is not clear. Often this form has to do with heredity. Someone with primary RLS gets this often at a young age and has someone in the family who is suffering from this.
In secondary RLS, the cause is clear. In secondary RLS, restless legs are caused by an external factor; Another condition, such as: certain medication (antidepressants), iron deficiency, kidney disease, diabetes, vitamin deficiency and Parkinson’s disease.
Although there is no unambiguous cause, it is often associated with the brain. The creation of dopamine may have something to do with this.Dopamine is a substance that lays connections between your nerves, affecting your movement, among other things.
Consequences of restless legs
In most cases, people with restless legs have no pain. Nevertheless, there are nasty consequences. If you have RLS, you will be given a lot of tasks during the daytime. You are quickly distracted by your legs and you are less concentrated.
At night it’s very hard to sleep. If you are in bed after a long day, restless legs can keep you from sleep. This causes you to get tired and get a sleep disorder .
Tips for restless legs
At the moment you are very badly injured, you can choose to be treated. In primary RLS, you can get medicines from your GP who work as a dopamine type. In secondary RLS, the external factor is addressed.
You can also do things to prevent RLS, below some tips for restless legs.
• Live healthy! Keep in mind: Do not smoke , drink enough, get enough vitamins and do not eat too much caffeine (especially in the evening).These factors can exacerbate your complaints.
• Move sufficiently. This also contributes to a healthy lifestyle! Go regularly or do stretching and stretching exercises. Also try to move and exercise . Do not do this late in the evening, because then you can get more difficult to sleep.
• Provide good sleep comfort and an optimal sleeping environment . A nice bed, a good pillow and a fresh room. That way you can fall asleep better and faster and less stressful of your legs.
• Lets you massage occasionally. This ensures proper blood flow in the legs and ensures relaxation.
Take a warm bath, this also stimulates blood flow and can help you to rest.
I hope you have some of the tips above. You will have to try for yourself what works for you and what not. Undoubtedly there are more things that have a positive effect for some / many. Do you suffer from restless legs and do you still have useful tips for others?