Restless legs syndrome: triggers, treatment, other health conditions

Common triggers of restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a disorder that leads to a strong urge to move one’s legs.

It often causes an unpleasant feeling in the legs. Sometimes arms can be affected too.

According to Jacqueline Chang, MD. from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, people with restless legs syndrome often describe the condition ass an aching, burning, itching, crawling or tingling sensation.

This health condition could lead to sleep problems and is linked to other diseases.

The researcher suggests there are several common triggers of restless legs syndrome.

One is changes in sleeping patterns. When people change their sleep time or duration, they may experience the condition.

Another trigger is consuming too much sugar or caffeine.

A third trigger is taking certain antihistamines and other over-the-counter drugs.

In addition, taking certain prescribed antidepressants and an antipsychotic drug may lead to restless legs syndrome.

Restless legs syndrome sometimes can be linked to other health conditions.

For example, some patients with this disease have iron deficiency or nerve damage.

Some people with kidney disease may experience restless legs syndrome.

Additionally, research also has shown that a family history of restless legs syndrome may increase the risk of the disease.

The good news is that you can change your lifestyle habits to reduce the symptoms.

This includes having adequate sleep hours and healthy sleep habits. It is important to go to bed at the same time every night and reducing the amount of light before bed.

You should also avoid food or drinks with strong caffeine or high levels of sugar.

Finally, taking exercise regularly and relaxing with meditation may help.

Doctors can help you reduce the discomfort of restless legs syndrome by prescribing some medications.

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