How to treat Restless Leg Syndrome (the easy way)
Posted on July 6, 2017
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Tossing and turning. Constant kicking. The tingling and burning sensation that is dictating your sleep right now. Yes, I am talking about Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).
My father deals with this problem on a constant basis… to the point where he doesn’t even want to sleep. I thought to myself, “How could anyone not want to SLEEP? It’s the best EVER!” But, as I am well into my third trimester of my pregnancy, I too started to fear the hours of the night.
Most of the third-trimester symptoms are ok, I can deal with it. I understand why they are happening, but when your body doesn’t allow you to get any sleep, but you’re told to rest the majority of the time… well, it doesn’t go well… let’s just say that. (Oh my poor husband).
If you are unsure what RLS is, here is a definition (source):
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming, urge to move them.
Symptoms occur primarily at night when a person is relaxing or at rest and can increase in severity during the night. Moving the legs relieves the discomfort. the sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.
and sometimes overwhelming,
urge to move…
I have only been dealing with this for a couple of weeks now, but almost each night, tears would swell up in my eyes and Asa would try to console me as it only got worse. I thought I couldn’t stand it any longer until a charlie horse decided to visit me in the middle of the night. Which, I am still trying to stretch the sore muscle even after the terrible incident. After that, I had had enough!
Luckily, I had a check-up with the doctor yesterday and I told him about my fears of sleeping and how I received a very annoying Charlie horse that seized my entire calf muscle. His concern for my sleep was written all over his face, which helped me feel like I wasn’t a crazy person (still debatable 😉 ), and he told me of a little trick I can try.
Now, after hours of researching how to rid myself of this terrible feeling, I was skeptical of what he was going to tell me. “Well,” I thought, “This is why I’m here right? To help find out what works and what doesn’t.” So, I listened to the doctor’s advice. You ready for it?….
TONIC WATER!!!!! Yup. That’s it!
The doc said that the tonic water has the same properties in a pill that are given to older patients who have restless leg syndrome.
The doctor also was concerned about the cramping of my calves, so he asked for me to get Gatorade as well. This was perfectly fine with me because I am not a fan of the bitter taste of tonic water, so I mixed them together. You’ll never guess what happened….
I took this picture immediately after waking up this morning because I couldn’t be happier! What else is great – my husband got to sleep as well! #Winning
So, I will continue with this until the baby is here… I am hoping that I do not need to continue with the regimen after that day comes (I’m sure I still will be woken up during the night though 😉 ).
If you are suffering from RLS, whether pregnant or not, then I encourage you to try this method as well! I went to Giant Eagle and bought a bottle of tonic water for 95 cents! If this continues to work, then I will have saved myself some much-needed sleep for less than a dollar… that seems pretty worth it to me!
If you have tried this already and it did not work for you, please let me know. I would love to try other methods as well to help you out! Feel free to contact me or send me a comment down below I’d love to know what has worked and if you have tried the tonic water fix!
Happy sleeping everyone!