Millions of people suffer from sleep imbalance because of restless leg syndrome (RLS). This condition is characterized by jumpy legs, pain, numbness, or a burning sensation in the legs that a person experiences while trying to sleep. Pregnant women who experience RLS can expect to feel better upon delivery. Pregnant or not, in order to have some rest and calm your legs, follow the next steps:
Stay Away from Anti-Histamines
If you think that OTC sleep pills that contain antihistamines are going to facilitate your sleep, you are wrong. Antihistamines aggravate restless legs and so mess up with your relaxation. Hence, if you have to take sleep pills make sure they don’t contain antihistamines.
Walk Before Sleeping
Before heading to bed, have a slow walk in your neighborhood but don’t do tough exercise as it will make it hard to slumber.
Exposure to tobacco smoke, especially if you are pregnant, increases the risk of RLS.
Keep Your Legs Warm
Prepare a heat pack with aromatic herbs and put it on your lower legs. After it becomes cool, put it under the bed, cover up with a blanket then close your eyes to enjoy some relaxation.
Have Your Iron and Folate Levels Checked
Anemia causes restless legs and frequent leg cramps. Check your iron and folate levels so that if you have a deficiency in either of them, your doctor can provide you with B-complex or iron supplements as necessary.
Include Meat, Whole Grains and Eggs in Your Diet
Beef, whole grains and eggs will provide you with good amounts of iron and folate especially if you are pregnant.
Stretch Your Legs before Going to Bed
Practice leg stretches for about 5 minutes at the end of your day to help your legs rest at night.