If restless legs rob you of sleep: This helps against RLS
According to health experts, around ten percent of German citizens suffer from the so-called Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). The disease often causes sleep disorders in those affected. Patients therefore usually long for a time of rest and relaxation. The right treatment can in many cases significantly alleviate the symptoms.
Strong urge to move at night
Patients with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) experience a strong urge to move at night and suffer from unpleasant sensations such as pain or tingling in the legs. Up to ten percent of the European population is affected, including many children. The causes are largely unknown. The right treatment can in many cases significantly alleviate the symptoms.
Pain and tingling in the legs
With RLS, the symptoms occur when the body comes to rest. "As a rule, this is in the evening and at night when there is a noticeable pulling, tearing or tingling in the legs," writes the German Restless Legs Association on its website.
"RLS patients mostly describe these complaints and misperceptions quite differently. They can appear on one side, on both sides or alternately on one side or the other, ”the experts continued.
For a majority of those affected, the constant twitching of the legs causes insomnia.
In addition, many patients struggle not only with the actual symptoms, but also with consequences such as depression or anxiety.
Illness cannot be cured
According to health experts, RLS cannot be cured.
Treatment often focuses on improving sleep quality, because "patients who are exhausted and desperate from stubborn sleep disorders long for a time of rest and relaxation," writes the German Restless Legs Association.
"Massages and brushing the legs, cold foot baths, squats or riding a bicycle can help you survive some evenings or nights," said the experts.
"Also general measures such as avoiding RLS-enhancing factors such as B. Coffee, alcohol, warmth, heavy physical work, stress can be helpful with lighter forms of RLS. "
What can help those affected
Natural medicine can also help those affected, for example a nettle tea in combination with green oat straw (good quality).
In addition to light sports, relaxation techniques such as autogenic training, yoga, meditation or progressive muscle relaxation are also available.
Some people also rely on Chinese therapy for restless legs.
However, if all of this does not bring the hoped-for relief of the symptoms, drug therapy should be considered, according to the German Restless Legs Association.
According to the experts, the treatment focuses on dopaminergic drugs such as L-dopa and dopamine agonists. (ad)