Have you ever experienced the irritable sensation of crawling, tingling or cramping with the intense urge to constantly move your legs, especially in the evenings? If so, there is a chance you’ve experienced Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). According to WebMD, it is a common condition that affects nearly ten percent of the population.

What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless Legs Syndrome is a condition of the legs (and occasionally other limbs) that causes periods of uncontrollable restless sensation and urges you to keep moving your legs as a way of relief.

Episodes of this disorder range from mild to severe; since it is commonly experienced more in the evening hours it can have a negative impact on your sleep as well. If you experience occasional mild episodes of RLS there are a few home remedies that you can try to alleviate the symptoms.

Home Remedies for Restless Legs Syndrome

Suffering from an episode of Restless Legs Syndrome can be an irritating experience, but these five tips from WebMD can help.

  • Baths and massages. A soak in a warm bath in combination with massaging your legs can help relax your muscles and ease the restless feeling.
  • Apply warm or cool packs. The use of heat or cold, especially alternating the two, may alleviate some of the sensations associated with RLS.
  • Establish a good sleep habit. Fatigue can exacerbate Restless Leg Syndrome, so it’s important that you establish and practice healthy sleeping habits. A healthy routine includes:
    • Having a cool, quiet and comfortable sleeping area
    • Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day – even on weekends
    • Getting enough sleep – aim for 8 hours a night
  • Exercise: Regular exercise may ease the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome, but be careful; overdoing it or working out later in the day can have the opposite effect.
  • Avoid caffeine. If these suggestions don’t seem to work, cut back on caffeine. WebMD suggests avoiding any products that contains the substance, including chocolate, coffee, tea and soft drinks, for a few weeks to see if this lessens the symptoms of RLS.

While these ideas may help relieve the symptoms for Restless Legs Syndrome, it is by no means professional medical advice. Do you have any tips for alleviating RLS? Share them with us below!