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The Impact That Restless Leg Syndrome Has on Sleep

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The NIH notes that the decreased quality of sleep and insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness; other health issues that result from restless leg syndrome are slowed thinking, confusion, anxiety, and depression.

Unfortunately, the NIH states that there is no cure for restless leg syndrome, but lifestyle changes can help with symptoms and improve sleep. Since stress is a major factor in restless leg syndrome, doing stress-relieving activities can decrease symptoms during the night. Recommended treatments are warm baths, massage, and gentle stretching, according to the NIH. If sleep problems persist, medications, like low doses of narcotics, may be prescribed. If the cause is iron deficiency, iron supplements can alleviate symptoms.

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I have RLS and had found comfort in using a weighted blanket. Mine came from a company called DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets. The website is www.weightedblanket.net. Hope your readers find the post helpful.

January 16, 2010 - 1:21pm
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