Night-time is that great time of the day when you know that bedtime is drawing near after a long day. A time that should be filled with rest and renewing your energy. Living with Restless Leg Syndrome can massively affect your sleep, influencing your mood and energy the next day. Trying out different methods around bedtime may help you on your journey back to a peaceful night’s sleep. In this article, we will cover basic sleep tips to ease Restless Leg Syndrome.
Having regular, moderate exercise may help you sleep better. A gentle walk is a great way to relax before bed, but don’t undertake vigorous exercise within four hours of bedtime. Moderate workouts can relieve RLS symptoms but excessive exercise may cause them to worsen.
Your bedroom environment should be relaxing. Keeping your bedroom as cool as possible and using cotton sheets has been known to relieve RLS. Also, warming up to bedtime can also be a helpful factor, especially using an electric blanket as it may soothe away symptoms of restless legs.
You’ll sleep better, and feel better, if you maintain a regular sleep routine. Avoid a daytime nap.
Some people find sleeping with a pillow between your legs helpful as it may prevent nerves in your legs from compressing, thus relieving some pressure. Others benefit from a hot or cold bath before bed, too, to help them wind down into relaxation.
It is important to stay hydrated as it plays a key factor in many different conditions. RLS can be aggravated by dehydration from a lack of water intake. So, as well as avoiding diuretics such as caffeine, you may also want to avoid night-time alcohol intake. Drink sparkling water, filtered water, or decaffeinated teas throughout the day.