There are some studies in which are shown that there are many people who feel persistent sensations in their legs that keep them awake even though the rest of their bodies are ready to fall deep into sleep. Many people think that this is all happening in their heads but this strange set of opposing states should not be dismissed as psychosomatic. You may have RLS (restless leg syndrome) which is a neurological disorder that is affecting an estimated 12 million Americans. The hallmark symptoms of RLS are unpleasant sensations like an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, creeping, pulling and throbbing. These symptoms are more prominent at night when someone is at rest or he is relaxing. Restless leg syndrome is affecting people from all ages and this condition is getting worse as someone is getting older. Also there are some studies in which are shown that women are having increased chances of getting restless leg syndrome compared to men. The exact cause for this condition is not known. But it has been associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney failure, diabetes, nerve disease, iron deficiency and anemia, smoking, obesity and pregnancy. There are some prescription medicines which can help you to treat RLS but you can also use home remedies because they can help you to keep your symptoms at bay. They can calm your legs and they can help you to have a good night’s sleep. Talk with your doctor if you suffer from restless leg syndrome before you start taking some of the below mentioned home remedies. You should go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. You should keep your sleep area dark, quiet and cool.
Home remedies for restless leg syndrome
Camphor: It is known fact that this home remedy has antispasmodic and therapeutic properties which can help you to get a relief from the inflammation and also it will alleviate the symptoms of RLS. You should gently rub a small amount of camphor oil on your legs before you go to bed. You will notice that in a period of few minutes, the tingling sensation in your legs will go away. You should do this natural treatment on daily basis. Also you can use camphor cream in the same way.
Diet: You should eat a healthy diet because it can promote your sleep. You should limit how much caffeine and alcohol you consume and you should avoid them before you go to sleep. Also you should avoid any foods which you know that they will keep you awake at night.
Tonic water: Tonic water is a carbonated soft drink which has quinine. This is a compound that can help to settle the nervous system and it can give a relief from the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. This home remedy acts as a muscle relaxant and it can improve the blood flow to the muscles. If you consume large doses of tonic water, then this can cause negative effects. It is safe to use only about 20 mg of quinine per 8 ounces of tonic water. You should drink ¼ cup of tonic water before you go to bed each night. You should sip it slowly so your body has time to absorb the quinine.
Natural cures for restless leg syndrome
Smoking: It is known fact that the smoking can make the body feel jittery and it can have an impact on sleep. You should try cutting down on smoking or you should quit it completely.
Epsom salt: If you have an Epsom salt bath before you go to bed, then this can help you to sleep better through the night. It has high amount of magnesium sulfate which can help to soothe sore muscles and it will calm the nerves. You should pour one cup of Epsom salt into warm bath water. You should stir it with your hands because in this way you will help the salt to dissolve in the water. You should soak in this bath for at least thirty minutes. You should do this natural treatment on daily basis.
Reduce stress: It is known fact that the stress plays a role in agitating the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. Any treatments that can help to reduce the stress can help to alleviate the symptoms of this condition. There are some relaxation techniques such as meditation and breathing which can help to reduce your stress levels.
Black strap molasses: This home remedy is rich in iron which can help to treat the symptoms of RLS. Iron is integral component of the hemoglobin which means it can help to transport the oxygen from the lungs to the rest of your body’s cells. Iron is needed for metabolism and energy. Also this home remedy has other minerals like potassium and calcium. You can find this natural cure in natural food stores or at health stores. You should stir one tablespoon of black strap molasses in one cup of water. You should drink this home remedy thirty minutes before you go to bed. You should do this natural treatment on daily basis because this can help you to have the best results. Also you can drink a combination of one tablespoon apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of black strap molasses mixed in one cup of water.
Hot and cold foot soaks: When you are alternating the use of warm and cold soaks for your leg muscles, then this can help to reduce the cramping and it can ease the pain that is associated with the restless leg syndrome. The heat will promote the blood circulation and the cold will reduce the inflammation. You need to fill one bucket with cold water and then you need to feel another bucket with bearable hot water. You should put your feet in the hot water for 3 minutes. Then, you should dip them in cold water for ten to sixty seconds. You should repeat this natural treatment 2 or 3 times. You should follow this home remedy two times per day because it can help you to have effective results.
Apple cider vinegar: This home remedy is an alkaline food which can help to balance the pH levels in the body and also it can help to improve the absorption of nutrients. This is a reason why the apple cider vinegar is used as natural treatment for restless leg syndrome. In one glass of lukewarm water you should add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. You should sip it slowly about half an hour before you go to bed. You should do this natural treatment on daily basis. If you cannot bare the taste of apple cider vinegar, then you can use apple cider vinegar tablets but before you start using them you need to talk with your doctor. Also you can gently rub a small amount of apple cider vinegar on your legs before you go to bed each night.
Chamomile: This herb acts as a mild sedative to relax the muscles and nerves. When you use it on regular basis, then it can help you to have sound sleep. You should enjoy a warm cup of chamomile tea because it can help you to get a relief from the stress and tension in muscles and nerves. You should drink it 1 – 2 hours before you go to bed. Also you can massage your legs with chamomile oil for a few minutes before you go to bed.
Coconut oil: There are some studies in which are shown that the coconut oil is an effective home remedy for restless leg syndrome. It can relax the nerves and improve the blood circulation which can help to have good sleep at night. You need to slightly warm some coconut oil. Then, you should rub it all over your legs. You should massage your legs in circular motions, moving upward from your ankles. You should do this natural treatment on daily basis because it can relax your muscles. Also you can warm mustard oil and use it in the same manner.
Lavender oil: This home remedy can be used as a natural treatment for restless leg syndrome because it is used as a relaxant and it can help to reduce the symptoms of this condition. You should simply rub a few drops of lavender oil on the bottom of each foot before you go to bed each night. Also there is another option and that is to add a few drops of lavender oil to a small tub of lukewarm water. You should soak your feet in this home remedy for ten minutes before you go to bed each night.
Peppermint: It is known fact that the peppermint is rich in menthol content which can help to numb the restless feeling in your legs and it can provide soothing pain relief for the aching muscles. You should drink one cup of peppermint tea before you go to bed because it can help to relax the muscles and also it can promote restful sleep. Also it is considered as healthy to drink from 3 to 4 cups of peppermint tea on daily basis. There is another option and that is to apply peppermint oil directly on the legs and then you should gently massage your legs for 5 to 10 minutes. This home remedy will help you to get a relief from the tension.