Restless Legs Syndrome and Sleep Disorders
Millions of people are having difficulties sleeping due to some creepy-crawly feeling that they experience especially when they lie down. If you have such experiences, then, you might be suffering from restless legs syndrome associated with sleepless nights.
People suffering from restless legs syndrome describe the symptoms using words such as: languid, hot, cold, pain, aching, throbbing, heavy, antsy, and itching. These are what most people feels at first, and it occurs surprisingly when they are about to sleep. Even doctors may have difficulties in diagnosing the cause of the patient's sleep disorder.
Restless legs syndrome is also more common among pregnant women due to a certain reason. We were told that more than one million women suffer from these symptoms in US alone.
What Are the Major Causes of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)?
According to medical authorities, the following are the major causes of the sleep disorder, restless legs syndrome (RLS):
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Kidney failure
- Parkinson's disease
- Venous thrombosis after gastrectomy
- Chronic respiratory failure
- Heart defects
- Rheumatoid arthritis
However, our group of doctors told us that for the majority of patients, iron deficiency anemia is the most common cause of their sleep disorders. This is because their daily food intake consists mainly of instant foods and foods from fast food outlets.
By means of changing their eating habits, their restless legs and other sleep disorders disappeared as if it was just a dream. Whatever it is, we recommend you to consult your physician before anything else.
According to many reports, from the day they took iron and vitamins, the symptoms disappeared immediately.
Is There a Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome?
There is a treatment known as "dopamine agonist", a compound that directly stimulate the weakened nerve cells, then the source of discomfort of the legs can be calmed.
Dopamine is a chemical naturally produced in the body. In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter, activating dopamine receptors. Consult your physician for the treatment.
Simple home remedies such as massage, taking a hot shower or bath before sleep can bring relief to the sufferer. Also avoid smoking, drinking liquor and coffee, and try to reduce stressful works.
Interesting Trivia on Sleep and Sleep Disorders
- An average adult requires a total sleep time of 7 to 9 hours per day. Although it is not true that older people need less sleep, 50% of people over 64 years old suffer from some type of sleep disorder.
- People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.
- Do you dream in black and white? 12% of people do and most are over 55 years old who were brought up watching a monochrome TV set.
- Sleep may be disturbed during the night but the mind interprets the disturbance and makes it a part of a dream to ensure continued sleep.
- Daytime naps improve memory and cut the risk of heart disease.
- 10% of snorers have sleep apnea, a disorder which causes sufferers to stop breathing up to 300 times per night.
- For an adult, sleeping for over 9 hours every night is just as bad as sleeping 6 hours or less.
- Approximately 1/3 of your life is spent sleeping.
- A new baby usually deprives its parents of 400-750 hours of sleep in the first year.