Restless leg syndrome or RLS – a disorder more common in women than in men- causes a strong urge to move the legs, especially while sleeping. The symptoms of RLS are more prominent in the evenings and include uncomfortable sensations like stinging, prickling, burning and jittery feeling. The sufferer gets temporary relief by moving the legs, something that can greatly interfere with one’s sleep. RLS is typically affects 5-10% of the adults and many women experience it during pregnancy. Symptoms of restless leg syndrome tend to grow and escalate as time passes by; therefore it is important to use certain lifestyle changes and home remedies to get rid of restless leg fast.
A deficiency in iron is known to cause restless leg syndrome and periodic leg movement disorder or PLMD. Eating iron rich foods like leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans etc can help. You can also take an iron supplement. However, iron, in excess can cause a host of health issues-so do consult your doctor and also get your iron levels tested.
2. Bar of soap!
This is a surprisingly effective remedy for restless leg syndrome. Place a bar of soap (any brand, any type will do) under the sheets or in your socks while you sleep. This remedy can help you get rid of cramps and also alleviate leg shaking that keeps you up. You can also take a bath prior to bed time and use soap on your legs while you soak in the hot water. The magnesium in soap cures restless legs and relaxes the muscles.
Magnesium deficiency is one of the common reasons behind leg muscle pain and other similar issues. So take a supplement and eat magnesium rich foods like spinach, chard, yogurt, kefir etc. Do talk to your doctor about the best magnesium supplement to take. Soaking in Epsom salt baths (Epsom salt is nothing but hydrate of magnesium sulfate) is also good for RLS sufferers. The magnesium gets absorbed by the skin and relieves discomfort. Also perform leg massages with magnesium oil if needed.
4. Aloe Vera
Massage your legs with Aloe Vera gel at night to get relief from restless leg syndrome. Use high quality aloe vera or you can directly extract the gel from the leaf and use it on your legs before bedtime. Let the gel dry completely. You can cover up with socks.
5. Alkaline diet
One of the causes of restless leg syndrome is an acidic diet. The food we eat is full of harmful substances that make our system highly acidic. So eat more alkaline foods like fruits, veggies and nuts and seeds. Limit your intake of refined grains, caffeinated beverages, sodas, red meat, alcohol, commercial packaged foods, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods high in gluten and sugar etc. Drinking baking soda in water, lemon juice mixed with water and apple cider vinegar in water every few hours will also make your system alkaline and reduce acidity.
6. Baking soda
Baking soda is a simple remedy for making your body more alkaline and fighting pain and inflammation. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and drink the mixture 2-3 times a day to ward off leg pain, restlessness and insomnia.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Like baking soda, organic apple cider vinegar can also reduce acidity and make your body alkaline while fighting inflammation. Start your day with a tall glass of water mixed with a tablespoon of organic, raw apple cider vinegar. If the taste is too acrid for you, add a bit of orange juice or honey to it.
8. Control inflammation with antioxidants
RLS is a serious issue that indicates inflammation in the body. Many serious health disorders today are due to inflammation; therefore, you must take RLS seriously. The best way to fight inflammation is to eat alkaline foods mentioned above and also eat antioxidant rich foods and supplements:
- Curcumin or turmeric– Take turmeric capsules, 3 times a day, 500 mg each.
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Take Vitamin C- at least 1000 mg.
Grapeseed extract and astaxanthin can also help.
9. Hot water bottle
If RLS is interfering with your sleep, keep a hot water bottle in between the legs to reduce pain.
10. Reduce toxins in the environment
One of the reasons behind restless leg syndrome is a toxic overload. You can minimize the toxins in your environment by using organic foods and limiting use of chemical based household cleaners. Try and avoid using underarm deodorants which contain aluminum. Once a month, do a complete detox or cleanse by fasting.
11. Blackstrap molasses
Take a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses to cure restless leg syndrome permanently. It is rich in iron, potassium and other minerals that can calm restlessness. BSM also helps you get rid of anemia which causes restless leg syndrome in pregnant women.
Take a teaspoon of borax concentrate in water. You can start with a smaller dose of borax and increase it gradually up to 3 teaspoons per day in divided doses. Do so daily to get rid of RLS permanently.
13. Herbs to get rid of restless leg syndrome
Several herbal remedies can help alleviate symptoms of this condition. Horse chestnut, butcher’s broom, mustard, nutmeg, poppy seeds, etc can help.
14. Keep the legs cool
Often, the symptoms of RLS are more pronounced when you sleep in warm room. So keep the legs cool and avoid piling up blankets and comforters.
15. Coconut oil
Another wonderful remedy to fight inflammation is coconut oil. Take coconut oil in the morning in your smoothies. You can also cook your meals in coconut oil. Also perform ‘oil pulling’ with this oil to get rid of toxic overload in the body.
16. Yoga, meditation and exercise
It is very important to exercise daily in order to manage RLS. Try to walk briskly for 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. You can also do yoga stretches. Meditation will help calm the mind, ease stress and help you sleep better.
Instead of taking Ibuprofen or other pain relievers for RLS symptoms, take a couple of aspirins. This will improve blood circulation and help you rest. Talk to your doctor before using this remedy to get rid of restless leg syndrome.
Try these 17 home remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome and have a good night’s sleep.