What is restless legs syndrome?
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder due to which a person suffers severe urges tomove their legs from time to time. They experience a very uncomfortable sensation in their legs when they remain still, and moving their legs or walking about usually alleviates the distress. People with RLS have trouble sleeping because of this sensation and may experience these urges several times during the night. This reduces the quality of their sleep making them feel drowsy during the day. RLS also makes it difficult for people to travel long distances by car or travel by air. RLS can be very stressful but with some medication and lifestyle changes, it is almost always treatable.
What are the symptoms of RLS?
What causes RLS?
Getting treatment for RLS
Caring for someone with RLS
If someone you know is suffering from RLS, you should know that they are going through considerable distress. Most people are not aware that this is a medical condition, which can be treated. It is important that you learn more about the disorder. If your partner is suffering from RLS, it is possible that you too are having trouble sleeping well. It is essential that you remain patient and remember that it is not in their control. Talk to the person about the condition and encourage them to see a mental health professional. Offer to accompany them to the doctor as a show of support. Try and ensure that the person follows the treatment plan and doesn't take any medication that hasn't been prescribed.
Coping with RLS
Living with RLS can be extremely stressful but there are some things you can do to reduce the distress. Try and start a regular exercise regime and maintain a good sleep routine. Hot baths, massages and hot or cool packs applied to your legs will help relax the muscles of your legs. Avoiding tobacco and caffeine can also help you sleep better. Most importantly, you must stick to your treatment plan and keep your doctor updated on any changes in your symptoms.
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