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Do you wake up in the middle of the night with RLS symptoms?

Share your tips and tricks for getting back to sleep.

  1. I found the book by W. Chris Winter, MD "The Sleep Solution..." very helpful and was able to check it out from our public library. I try to stick to a sleep routine and if I wake up and cannot get to sleep for a good while, I get up and sit in the living room.. usually one of my cats will sit on me for comfort (the cat and me 😀

    1. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Cheers.
      Simone (Team Member)


    2. Sorry for the late response. I am glad that you found a book that has helped you. I think I recall being told about that book....my short term memory isn't the greatest.
      Yes, sleep routines are beneficial for us.
      That's great that one of your cats will usually come around for a good comfort session. I had a very intuitive cat, she always knew when I needed to be comforted.

      ๐Ÿฅ„๐Ÿฆ„ Ray (Team member)

  2. Mine starts gradually when I lie down and gets worse from there. My foot neuropathy is constant.

    1. mine too. I'm up now, can't sleep due to pain

    2. Greetings! It's unfortunate that you can't sleep because of pain. This is quite common in our community. Do you have a nighttime routine for instances like this? I was able to find some articles that you might find interesting and useful! I hope they bring you some comfort. Check them out:

      https://restlesslegssyndrome.sleep-disorders.net/clinical/nerve-pain
      https://restlesslegssyndrome.sleep-disorders.net/living/pain-severity

      Warmly, Catherine (Team Member)

  3. I wake up the second RLS starts in during the night. I usually start by contorting my legs in different ways, which rarely helps, but I'll try anything to avoid getting out of bed. I also have a stop stool beside my bed and do deep heel-drop stretches. That works most of the time if my symptoms aren't too bad. If that doesn't work, I'll take a hot bath. When all else fails, I get up for while until my legs calm down.

    1. hi...I do the same actually... contorting my legs to stop the jerks and convulsions..
      Iv had this for over 10 years...iv tried just about everything except big pharma drugs with awful side effects..
      I research as much as I can..
      There can be so many triggers..
      Histamine for example...or glutamate..or casein even...
      So a diet change could work ..
      I'm retired woman now and it's still getting worse... but I keep trying different concoctions of herbs and vitamins and amino acids...
      I vary all these things until I find a balance...
      Just lately I've been getting close but it's costing me a lot to buy all these items from health shop.

    2. I wish they could figure out better pharma meds that had less to no side effects.

      Yes, there can be many triggers that aggravate RLS. Changing diet can help some people and others to a certain extent, I know I avoid triggering things like coffee, chocolate and anything else that has caffeine in it. However, I still experience RLS.

      Treatment options can definitely be expensive, especially natural ones.

      I don't know if medical marijuana is legal where you live, so I don't know if you have tried it to see if it helps a bit.

      ๐Ÿฅ„๐Ÿฆ„ Ray (Team member)

  4. I don't think RLS is what wakes me up, it's usually my Central Sleep Apnea or my bladder. However, RLS can make it tricky to fall back asleep.

    I found sticking to the sleep routine the sleep clinic recommended helps. I move my legs around & try to either meditate or daydream my way back to sleep.

    I find, for me anyways, it's important to try not to think about things like how many more hours of sleep do I have left or other stressful things.

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