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Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes sensations within the legs that make you feel the urge to move. These symptoms most often appear in the afternoon and evening hours when you are sitting down or lying in bed. Unfortunately, a lot of people with RLS find that they can’t get the proper sleep that they need because these unpleasant sensations in their legs are keeping them up or causing them to toss and turn. If this sounds like you, our Portland and Astoria, OR, sleep medicine specialists Dr. Gerald Rich, Dr. Radhika Breaden and Dr. Gregory Clark are here to help.
What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?
As we mentioned above, there are sensations within the legs that make it difficult to sit still. These sensations can range from a creeping, crawling feeling to a feeling of “pins and needles”. Lying down will usually exacerbate these symptoms and it may cause sleep disturbances throughout the night.
What causes restless leg syndrome?
While restless leg syndrome can affect anyone, it’s more common in women than men. While there is still a lot that we do not know about this condition it is believed that genetics plays a role in who develops restless leg syndrome. After all, the majority of those with RLS have a family member who also has this same condition.
Of course, there are certain factors that can make RLS symptoms worse such as:
- Chronic health problems (e.g. diabetes; peripheral neuropathy)
- Certain medications (e.g. antidepressants; anti-nausea medication)
Alcohol and lack of sleep are other factors that can also aggravate your RLS symptoms.
What are my treatment options if I have restless leg syndrome?
Since there isn’t a treatment available to get rid of restless leg syndrome, our goal as your Portland, OR, sleep doctor is to determine the best ways to reduce the severity and frequency of your symptoms. This can often be managed through:
Medication: Anti-seizure medications are becoming the most common medication prescribed to those with RLS and it can be effective for handling moderate-to-severe cases.
Lifestyle changes: You may find some relief from your symptoms once you avoid or limit the use of nicotine, caffeine or alcohol. It’s also important to get regular exercise to boost blood flow to the legs. You may also massage your legs everyday or take a warm bath to ease symptoms.
Here at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria, OR, we are dedicated to making sure that you get the quality sleep you deserve. No matter whether you have been diagnosed with restless leg syndrome or you think you might have this condition, it’s the perfect time to turn to our sleep doctors for the answers you’re looking for.
Is restless leg syndrome (RLS) keeping you up at night? Portland and Astoria, OR, sleep medicine specialists Dr. Gerald Rich, Dr. Radhika Breaden and Dr. Gregory Clark share a few tips that will help you cope with RLS.
What is RLS?
RLS causes a creepy, crawly, tingling sensation in your legs that makes it impossible to stay still. Moving relieves the symptoms, but often they occur again as soon as you sit or lie down. Although the annoying symptoms of RLS can occur during the day, people tend to notice them more at night when they're trying to fall asleep.
Nobody knows why some people get RLS, but the symptoms can be worse if you don't get enough sleep, drink alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, or use nicotine products. In some cases, RLS can be caused by nerve damage, kidney failure or iron deficiency.
How can I relieve my RLS symptoms?
You may find that RLS symptoms occur less often if you:
- Apply Heat to Your Legs: Soaking your legs in warm water or using a heating pad relaxes your muscles and may decrease your symptoms.
- Try a Nightly Massasge: Massage also helps relax leg muscles. Spending a few minutes kneading your calf muscles before you go to bed just may help prevent those uncomfortable sensations.
- Just Relax: Stress can make your condition worse. Any activity that reduces your stress level may be helpful. Whether you prefer exercise, yoga, meditation or listening to your favorite songs, a little stress relief may be just what you need to enjoy a peaceful night's sleep. If exercise is your favorite stress buster, be sure to indulge in a workout early in the day. Exercising too close to bedtime can make it difficult to fall asleep.
- Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule: Do you go to bed at the same time every night? If you don't maintain the same schedule, you may become chronically fatigued. Although being tired may seem like the ideal way to get a good night's sleep, fatigue may increase your RLS symptoms.
If those tips don't help, give us a call at our Portland or Astoria, OR office. Our sleep medicine specialists can offer recommendations and medications that will help you sleep better and eliminate those unpleasant sensations in your legs.
Restless leg syndrome treatment can relieve your discomfort. If you're troubled by RLS, schedule an appointment with sleep medicine specialists Dr. Gerald Rich, Dr. Radhika Breaden and Dr. Gregory Clark by calling (503) 325-3126 for the Astoria, OR, office or (503) 228-4414 for the Portland, OR, office.