Three More Tips for Better Sleep with Restless Leg Syndrome

If you suffer from restless leg syndrome, you undoubtedly know how difficult it can be to get a good night’s sleep. Typically flaring up during evening hours, it can cause a painful, uncomfortable feeling in the legs that causes involuntary movements. These movements, often exacerbated because they temporarily relieve the pain, can give rise to a number of sleep problems. Whether you’re having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, restless leg syndrome is a challenge… but not an insurmountable one. In today’s post, we’re going to give you three tips for better sleep.

1. Eat Protein

As low blood sugar can cause flare ups, eating protein before bed can help you get a sounder night’s sleep. Whether you’re snacking on a protein bar or eating a hearty dinner, protein can help you fall asleep faster and – more importantly – stay asleep longer.

2. Drink Water

In addition to contributing to a host of other health problems, dehydration can be a trigger for sufferers of RLS. Ensuring that you drink enough water in a day – between 3 and 4 liters – ensures that you’re doing what you can to stave off RLS… and other potential issues.

3. Lower the Temperature

In some cases, warmer temperatures can cause restless leg syndrome to act up. While it may not be effective for all sufferers, certain individuals have reported more restful, refreshing sleep when they turn their thermostat down. As an added bonus, you’ll save money on your heating bill in the winter!

At Advanced Vascular Surgery, we strive to offer the area’s best treatment options for RLS, venous compression, deep vein thrombosis, peripheral arterial disease, and other vascular health issues. If you – or someone you know – is suffering from one of these, we encourage you to reach out to us today to discuss how we can help.