Blue light, Netflix, kids, stress, caffeine… as if our bodies don’t have enough hurdles to getting a good night’s sleep, add your own legs to the equation. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) plagues countless Americans (and their spouses) on a regular basis.
So, what exactly is restless legs syndrome, and what are you supposed to do about it? Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at restless legs syndrome and offer up a few practical, at-home treatments for this insidious condition. Let’s go!
What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?
It can begin at any age, and there is no known cure. But what exactly is RLS? Medically referred to as Willis-Ekbom disease, restless legs syndrome is a medical condition that causes discomfort, and an uncontrollable urge to move your legs when sitting or lying down.
The symptoms often worsen after you’ve been sitting down or lying still for an extended period, and they can sometimes be relieved with movement. The sensations can be difficult to describe too, with many reporting feelings of crawling, creeping, pulling, throbbing, aching, and itching sensations. Worse still, doctors don’t always understand its cause. Thankfully, it can be treated with a few effective home cures. Let’s take a look at these next!