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What are some tips to help with restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

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You can take action to lessen the symptoms of restless leg syndrome and to sleep better:

  • Avoid or limit alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine for at least several hours before bedtime.
  • Review all the medications you take (prescription and nonprescription) with your doctor.
  • Exercise every day.
  • Stretch your legs at the beginning and end of each day.
  • Massage your legs regularly.
  • Avoid eating a heavy meal close to bedtime.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
  • Avoid daytime naps.
  • Use your bed only for sleeping or sex.
  • Try not to use bedtime as worry time.
  • Have your blood tested for iron levels and kidney function.
  • Soak your legs in warm water.

From: 10 Tips to Ease Restless Legs Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Sleep Foundation. 

Restlessleg.com.

UpToDate.com.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 8, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Sleep Foundation. 

Restlessleg.com.

UpToDate.com.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 8, 2017

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