A hot bath before bed can help to calm and relax the muscles as well as the mind, taking thoughts away from restless legs whilst also enabling the heat to get your blood moving. This isn’t only great for circulation but can also help sore or tight muscles to relax, easing the symptoms of RLS.
Yoga is another method that can help both the mind and body to relax. Deep breathing and gentle stretches are great for soothing stress and anxiety and may also help the nerves in the legs to relax too.
The legs up the wall pose is particularly effective for easing symptoms of RLS as it allows the lymphatic system and circulatory system to drain out of the legs, and the 90 degree position causes less nervous stimulation which helps the legs to relax.
Some people experience relief from restless legs syndrome with the application of heat, others may feel better from applying cold. If heat doesn’t work that well for you, try applying an ice pack to your legs instead to ease the symptoms.
Cold therapy from ice packs or frozen gel packs reduces blood flow, which lessens pain and calms overactive nerves.
Iron deficiency is thought to be one of the main causes of RLS. Several studies have shown that iron supplements can help to ease the symptoms. To find out if you’re deficient in iron, see a doctor for a blood test.
Stress and anxiety often play their role in agitating RLS, so any methods that help to reduce stress levels such as meditation can help to alleviate symptoms. This relaxation technique works in a similar way to yoga, refocusing the mind and body in a positive way.
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