Restless leg syndrome (RLS), a neurological condition that affects about 10% of the U.S. population, can be a great source of discomfort especially at night. It’s a medical condition that creates unpleasant sensations in the legs especially when one sits or lie down.
The symptoms of RLS could vary but could worsen at night. This is why people with RLS often keep their legs in motion as it helps relieve the discomfort.
Causes of RLS
The exact cause of RLS is still unknown though it’s believed to have a genetic component. Research shows that there are certain gene variants that can be associated with the development of restless leg syndrome.
There are also studies showing that RLS could be due to a dysfunction in a part of the brain responsible for producing purposeful and smooth muscle activity and movement.
Certain factors could increase one’s risk of developing RLS although further research is needed to provide ample evidence for the link. These factors include chronic diseases like diabetes and kidney disease, sleep deprivation, and intake of medications like anti-psychotic drugs.
Treatment for RLS
The treatment plan for restless leg syndrome is targeted towards easing the symptoms. These include the following:
Making some lifestyle changes can help those with mild to moderate RLS. These changes include reduction in intake of alcohol and caffeine, quitting tobacco smoking, getting regular sleep at night, and having regular moderate intensity exercise. These lifestyle changes are shown to help in reducing the symptoms of RLS.
There are also drugs that can help in alleviating the symptoms. However, people with RLS must know that the effects of these drugs could vary from one person to another.
Dopaminergic drugs, benzodiazepines, and anticonvulsants are just some of the drugs prescribed to people with restless leg syndrome.
The use of compression garments are also shown to help those with restless leg syndrome. Wearing them especially at night helps in reducing the cramping. These therapeutic garments can also make the legs feel less heavy in the morning.
Bioflect Therapy Garments have a wide selection of compression garments to choose from. Created using the unique FIR technology, these compression garments regenerates heat and heals the body. These therapeutic garments are comfortable to use, making them ideal for everyday wear for those suffering from restless leg syndrome.