Restless Leg Syndrome

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes unpleasant sensations and a need or urge to move the legs. The sensations are often described as burning, creeping, tugging, or feeling like insects are crawling inside the legs. The symptoms commonly develop when a person lies down and tries to relax, most often at night. RLS inhibits people from sleeping, which can lead to depression and a poor quality of life.

Some people experience Restless Leg Syndrome every day, while for others it is only occasional. The symptoms can be mild and distracting, but can also be severe and life-affecting. Around 1 in 10 people will experience RLS at some point in their lives.

Restless Leg Syndrome and Sleep Apnoea

Studies have found RLS to be more common among those with a sleep-disordered breathing conditions, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Much like OSA, drug-based treatments and surgery options are generally unreliable and potentially counter-productive.

The exact reason for the link is unknown, though OSA can lead to adverse cardiovascular consequences due to cardio-metabolic dysfunction. There has been much discussion about whether RLS could further impact these effects, though there is yet to be a definitive study on this.

In some cases, treatment of OSA through CPAP or an alternative treatment method can alleviate symptoms of RLS, but in others they remain and treatment of RLS itself may also be required.

Causes of Restless Leg Syndrome

In most cases, there is no obvious cause. This is known as idiopathic or primary restless leg syndrome. It can be hereditary.

There is a belief among some neurologists that it is connecting to dopamine, a chemical in the body involved in controlling muscle movement.

In some cases, RLS can be indicative of an underlying health condition, such as kidney failure or iron deficiency aneamia. Where the cause can be traced to another condition, this is referred to as secondary restless leg syndrome.

RLS is also common during pregnancy, with around 20% of women effected during the final three months of their pregnancy. The specific cause is unknown, but typically symptoms stop after giving birth.

Treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome

Until now, potent drugs including opioids, central nervous system depressants, and dopamine agonists have been used to ease symptoms, but each of these is accompanied by many negative side effects. Examples include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and the risk of addiction or augmentation of symptoms.

Other advice generally revolves around standard healthy lifestyle recommendations, including avoiding caffeine and alcohol before sleep, quitting smoking, and exercising regularly. If restless legs syndrome is caused by iron deficiency anaemia, iron supplements may be all that's needed to treat the symptoms.

However, a new treatment called Restiffic is a drug-free solution to RLS. It is a revolutionary foot wrap consisting of a compressive pad and a hook and loop system, designed to exert a gentle, relaxing pressure on the abductor hallucis and the flexor hallucis brevis muscles in the foot. This pressure reduces the symptoms of RLS and allows the patient to relax and enjoy uninterrupted sleep.

It is available to purchase with a satisfaction guarantee. It can be returned for a full refund if it does not provide relief.

With clinical validation behind it to demonstrate its effectiveness, then if you are yet to find a reliable solution then Restiffic would be worth considering. You can find out more, and order yours, here.

RLS can get progressively worse if untreated, having an increasingly negative impact on the sufferer.