Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with stiff leg sometimes accompanied by tingling, numbing, burning, or painful sensations?
You probably have restless leg syndrome. It is a nervous system disorder that as of right now do not have a cure. Although, it can be manageable.
Some people try to elevate their legs before sleeping or pinch their toes when numbing or tingling starts.
Here are some 13 simple ways to manage restless leg syndrome.
1: Take some iron
Studies show some one-third of patients can treat their RLS with iron supplementation, if their stores are low. “Just like someone with heart disease would need to know their cholesterol levels, someone with RLS needs to know their ferritin level,” Cuellar says, referring to the protein that stores iron in the brain.
But do talk to your doctor before taking even small amounts of iron or any minerals—including magnesium, potassium, calcium, and folate, all of which may help with RLS symptoms—as they can impair the body’s ability to use other minerals or even cause toxicity.