I’m sure most OF you have heard of weighted blankets and how they may help Restless Leg Syndrome. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the nervous system which causes certain people to experience uncomfortable feelings in their legs causing the individual to move them. It is known that about 7 to 10% of the U.S. population suffers from RLS.
Much of the data suggests that restless legs syndrome is common in children and adolescents, occurring more commonly than epilepsy or diabetes.
It is also known that this disorder is more common in women than in men however it can affect anyone across all gender, race, and ethnicity. Symptoms of RLS can begin at any age but typically get worse as a person ages.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
If you think you may be suffering from RLS it’s very important to get a proper diagnosis from a licensed medical doctor, they will evaluate your symptoms of the overwhelming urge to move the legs - especially during the night or periods of rest. Persistent tingling in the feet and legs or other unpleasant sensations are indicators that RLS may be the cause.
The symptoms of RLS can change daily and may differ from person to person. You may also find them disappearing completely for some time, then returning. It is also common for the symptoms to get worse at night when most are sitting or lying down.
WHAT CAUSES RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME?
The cause of RLS is a mystery but it does appear to have a genetic relationship.
Pregnant women are also at risk, especially during the third trimester and it can also result from other hormone imbalances. Studies indicate that RLS may somehow be related to low dopamine levels. RLS has been linked to other conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, iron deficiency, diabetes, and neuropathy. Many medications such as antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-nausea and cold medications can be contributors to RLS
REMEDIES FOR RLS
Since there is no sure cure for Restless Leg Syndrome, many are focusing on remedies to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms. It is also common that individuals suffering from RLS also suffer from insomnia. Since RLS symptoms are usually the most severe at night or during periods of rest, this condition often lowers their overall sleep quality and duration.
The uncomfortable and annoying tingling and itching sensations that accompany RLS often present themselves during sleep, as well, causing the individual to wake up frequently
We all know the importance of high quality deep restful sleep. Lack of quality sleep can have many downsides on physical health, such as weight gain, brain fog, hypertension, stroke, and heart disease. Unhealthy sleep patterns resulting from RLS can be further detrimental to a person’s health and need to be corrected as soon as possible
BEST WAYS TO MANAGE RLS
Natural treatments for Restless Leg Syndrome include massages, iron supplements, and relaxation techniques before bedtime. One of the more recent effective treatments for RLS has been Weighted Blankets. Weighted blankets and Deep Pressure Stimulations can help relax and calm the muscles in the body, making it easier to fall and stay asleep. Weighted blankets work by stimulating pressure points across your body which in turn releases serotonin and melatonin.
CAN A WEIGHTED BLANKET HELP RLS?