10 Tips to Ease Restless Legs Syndrome

Medically Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky, MD on August 16, 2023
1 min read

In some cases, personal habits can make a sleeping disorder like restless legs syndrome (RLS) worse. Sometimes they play a big role in the problem.

Here are 10 steps you can take to lessen the symptoms of RLS and get you sleeping 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 before bedtime.