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What stress relief strategies can help manage restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

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Stress can cause your RLS to flare and make symptoms worse. Find ways that help you relax and calm your anxiety. You might want to try deep breathing, yoga, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, or tai chi.

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Comparative Effectiveness of Treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome."

American Sleep Association: "Restless Legs Syndrome -- RLS."

Barrow Neurological Institute: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

Buchfuhrer, M. , Demos Medical Publishing, Nov. 28, 2006. Restless Legs Syndrome: Coping with Your Sleepless Nights

Cui, Y. , Oct. 8, 2008. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Review

Harvard Health Publications: "Restless legs syndrome."

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response."

Medscape: "Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment and Management."

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Vanderbilt University Medical School: "Other less conventional forms of treatment for RLS/PLMS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Comparative Effectiveness of Treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome."

American Sleep Association: "Restless Legs Syndrome -- RLS."

Barrow Neurological Institute: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

Buchfuhrer, M. , Demos Medical Publishing, Nov. 28, 2006. Restless Legs Syndrome: Coping with Your Sleepless Nights

Cui, Y. , Oct. 8, 2008. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Review

Harvard Health Publications: "Restless legs syndrome."

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response."

Medscape: "Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment and Management."

Patrick, L. June 2007. Alternative Medicine Review,

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: "Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation: "Suggested Coping Methods for Willis-Ekbom Disease/Restless Legs Syndrome," "Triggers for Restless Legs Syndrome."

Vanderbilt University Medical School: "Other less conventional forms of treatment for RLS/PLMS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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