When you go to bed at night, are you kept awake because you can not hold your legs still? Does your spouse complain that you are always kicking him or her at night? If you answered “yes” to these questions, it may be that you have sleepless leg syndrome, also known as restless legs syndrome. This is not exactly a painful condition, but it is incredibly annoying, and it can keep you from getting the sleep you need, which can lead to a lot of other problems.
Signs that You Have Sleepless Leg Syndrome
This is actually a neurological disorder, and it usually occurs when you are resting or trying to sleep. For many people, it comes on as soon as they get tired. This means that they end up kicking and squirming even if they are not in bed. Some people say that they are just sitting there watching television and their legs will begin to twitch. Some of the symptoms of sleepless leg syndrome include:
• The ability to keep legs still
• Mild to moderate pain in the legs
• An itchy sensation in the legs that will not go away with scratching
• A burning sensation in the legs
Some people with this syndrome even say that it feels like there are insects crawling benefit their skin. Can you imagine anything more annoying, especially when you are trying to get to sleep?
What Causes Sleepless Leg Syndrome?
There are a number of things that can be the cause. Scientists have even found that it may be a genetic condition, and often, more than one person in a family has this problem. Certain health issues can also cause the problem, including diabetes, kidney failure, low iron levels, Parkinson's disease, pregnancy, arthritis, taking certain medications, and not taking enough of the right vitamins.
Treating Sleepless Leg Syndrome
Before you can actually get the right treatment for your restless leg syndrome, you need to find out what is causing the problem in the first place. If it is a health issue, it may be that you need to treat that problem, and the sleepless leg syndrome will always go away. Hot and cold packs often help many people, and although it is not a permanent thing, it does relate the symptoms. You may need to try changing your sleep schedule, and it may be that your physician will prescribe sleep medication to correct the problem.
If you have sleepless leg syndrome, you do not have to live with it. Speak with your physician about it, and find out what is causing the problem and how you can correct it and start getting the sleep you need at night.