You're lying in bed, drifting off to sleep-maybe you've even managed to fall asleep-when suddenly your legs seem to have developed a mind of their own. But other than jumping out of bed every ten minutes to alleviate your symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) - that strong, irresistible urge to move your legs, or that itching, tugging, creepy-crawly sensation - what can you do? There are natural methods that just may provide the solutions you're searching for.
RLS is an unusual syndrome that is paradoxically confusing: the more you try to rest, the worse your symptoms may become. And for many, the more you exert yourself, the worse your symptoms may become. This opposes conventional wisdom. After all, if you exert yourself by taking a long walk, for example, you would think you would be too tired for nocturnal jitters.
It's believed that certain foods, food chemicals and additives (i.e. salicylates and MSG) can worsen RLS symptoms. So too can artificial chemicals, certain perfumes, and cleaning fluids. If you have a sensitivity to any of these products you need to avoid them. If you suspect you have a sensitivity, you can slowly eliminate them from your life, such as through an elimination diet, until you determine which one(s) may be causing an exacerbation of your RLS symptoms. To find out more about salicylates, MSG, and other food additives affecting sleep please refer to the work by Australian Sue Dengate of the Food Intolerance Network and her DVD Fed Up With Children's Behavior.
Once you've been diagnosed with RLS and investigated salicylates and MSG, you can possibly alleviate or eliminate your symptoms by trying the following supplements:
1. Magnesium: Magnesium is necessary for the proper balance of the B, C and E vitamins, as well as calcium. It has shown to provide temporary relief from muscular tension, cramps and spasms, helps contribute to the maintenance of healthy bones, and may help reduce or eliminate your RLS symptoms. Taking magnesium with Vitamin E is often a natural, effective solution for reducing symptoms when it is discovered that RLS is due to a magnesium imbalance.
2. Vitamin E. The antioxidant Vitamin E taken before bedtime helps maintain blood circulation and aids skin tissue repair. Taken with Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E may help reduce your Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms. Vitamin E also helps reduce oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
3. Schuessler Tissue Salts (Mag Phos x 6): is a muscle relaxant that may provide temporary relief of muscle cramps, spasms, twitches, and spasms. If your RLS symptoms are uncomfortable and keeping you from getting a restful night's sleep, you should consider taking Mag Phos x 6 as a solution for the relief of your symptoms. It comes in tablet and cream forms. Cream form is highly recommended; it's been shown to provide immediate relief for your RLS symptoms by quickly penetrating the skin.
4. Iron and Folate. The American Sleep Foundation Website reported on April 7, 2005 that some studies have reviewed both iron and folate in RLS. One study by a Dr Lee and another by Dr Kryger found that some sufferers were iron deficient and/or folic acid deficient. 15 percent of pregnant women develop RLS during their third trimester, and it generally goes away after childbirth.
In many cases, but not all, you can treat and even reverse your Restless Leg Syndrome, and eliminate the symptoms of RLS. The strategies and supplements outlined above can provide natural remedies for RLS and can be effective long-term solutions.