A similar disorder is restless legs syndrome. In this case, people complain of unpleasant, sometimes obscure feelings of discomfort, tingling, “crawling goose bumps” in the legs, which resulted in an overwhelming desire to move them. Such sensations are called dysesthesia . More often they appear in a calm state when a person is relaxed and rests, which prevents them from falling asleep. Sometimes dysesthesia occurs on waking. Inability to fall asleep and lack of sleep in the morning due to restless legs syndrome leads to insomnia. People walk, rub their feet, trying to remove the feeling of discomfort instead of sleeping at night.
Usually, restless legs syndrome appears between the ages of 20 and 30 and becomes more acute with age. It is often inherited.
Restless legs syndrome can be observed in persons suffering from uremia, renal failure, rheumatoid arthritis, neurosis, and in pregnant women.
Be attentive to yourself and see a doctor if you experience these symptoms for the first time. Symptoms of restless legs syndrome can warn of serious medical problems. For proper treatment, not to mention peace of mind for your health, let the doctor determine the disease. It is important that these conditions can be the source of sleepless nights, and then the treatment of sleep disorders should take into account the presence of the syndrome described above and its underlying causes.
Whatever the physiology of restless legs syndrome, here are a few steps you can take to alleviate this condition:
– Get up and walk around the bedroom.
– Before going to bed, walk on foot, take a walk. Walking changes the chemical balance in the brain, releasing endorphins, which promotes a more peaceful and deep sleep. In addition, when approaching unpleasant sensations in the legs, it is necessary to move the foot back and forth.
– Change the position of the body when falling asleep, find a comfortable, in which the movement in the legs will be less.
– Do not eat much at night.
– Warm or cool your feet before bedtime. Find what you need for you, because some people have warmth, while others have a cold that reduces these conditions.
– Take a multivitamin, as some studies have found that iron and folic acid deficiency is related to this syndrome.
– Take aspirin overnight. Doctors cannot say why aspirin helps, but in some people it reduces the syndrome.
– Rest and relax more stress, including practicing a variety of relaxation techniques.
– Rub feet before bedtime. – Reduce caffeine intake. – Do not drink alcohol as a sedative. – Stop smoking. – Do not stay in the cold shortly before you go to bed. – Avoid sleeping pills.