Categorized as a sleep disorder, restless leg syndrome is a condition that creates an urge to move your legs, typically due to a painful or uncomfortable feeling. Much more prevalent in the evening hours, this movement is largely the result of efforts to reduce the pain or discomfort, which can temporarily relieve them. This urge to move often causes sleep issues, making it more difficult to fall – and stay – asleep. Because of this, the syndrome can drastically impact the sufferer’s daily activities, having an impact on their ability to focus, process emotions, and concentrate. In today’s post, we’re going to look at a few tips that you can apply to sleep better if you suffer from this syndrome.
Follow a routine
The brain likes set, unchanging routines. It wants to go to sleep at a certain hour and wake up at a certain hour. One of the easiest and most dependable ways to improve your quality of sleep is to try to go to bed and wake up at the same times every day.
Dim the lights
In the age of cell phones, game consoles, television screens, and e-readers, we have our eyes on screens more than ever. But, if you want a good night’s sleep, one of the best things you can do is walk away from them thirty minutes to an hour before you go to bed. This allows your brain to relax and wind down, ensuring that it isn’t racing as you’re trying to drift off to sleep.
At Advanced Vascular Surgery, we pride ourselves on staying current with all of the latest knowledge about restless leg syndrome. Whether we recommend iron supplements, lifestyle changes, or other methods to control the syndrome, you can be confident that we’ll work with you to find the best treatment for your situation.