Ants in the Bed?

periodic limb movement, restless leg syndrome, RLS, iron deficiency

 

That’s right, not ants in your pants, but ants in your bed?  Those that have Restless Leg Syndrome know exactly what we are talking about.  It’s that weird urge to move your legs or when you get a creepy crawly sensation in your legs.  It’s more than having the urge to kick your bed partner for that bad joke, there is a medical reason that your legs can’t seem to sit still!  

RLS seems to affect women more than men but is especially common in pregnant women.  It is believed that iron deficiency can lead to restless leg syndrome, which is another reason that women often experience it while pregnant.  However, don’t feel left out men, it’s estimated that 7-10% of the US population may have RLS.

Treatments

  • Behavioral Modifications
    • Taking a warm bath before bed
    • Massaging your legs
    • Maintaining a moderate exercise program
  • Supplements
    • Iron can be purchased over the counter, but if your deficiency is severe enough you may need to consult a doctor for appropriate dosing.
  • Pharmaceutical
    • There are several classes of drugs that can be prescribed by your physician.  

Restless Leg Syndrome certainly isn’t the end of the world, but it can definitely interfere with a good night’s sleep!  If you find your legs to be a little jittery, try taking it into your own hands before those legs start costing you sleep.  Not all therapies are alike, consult your doctor on which therapy would be best for you. If you have experience with RLS or try a method above, don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comment section below.

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