If you can’t seem to keep your legs still, you may have restless legs syndrome— a condition that ranges from a creepy-crawly sensation that runs up and down your legs to quivers, jerks, pins and needles, numbness, pain or a burning sensation. It affects millions of individuals every day, and their chief complaint is difficulty falling asleep—and staying asleep. That’s because that is when these sensations typically occur. And unfortunately, many people who have RLS also have trouble controlling sudden limb movements, which can occur every 20 to 30 seconds all night long—a major sleep disruptor.
Twenty percent of pregnant women also suffer from RLS. If you’re expecting, “delivery is the real remedy,” says Grace Pien, MD, a sleep researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology.
No bun in the oven? Try taking a walk before bed, warming up your legs with a heat pack and avoiding antihistamines, which make restless legs even worse.
Adapted from the book Sleep to Be Sexy, Smart and Slim