What Else Can I Do?
There are several things you can do to reduce your symptoms. For many patients, certain things make RLS worse. These are called triggers. You should keep a diary, and write down what you were doing before your symptoms got worse. If you find a particular activity worsens your symptoms, avoid this trigger if possible.
Regular or moderate exercise is recommended each day. Thirty to 60 minutes are recommended. Exercise must involve using your legs, such as walking or running. Try combining your exercise with an activity that you like, such as exercising and watching TV. Avoid extreme exercise; it may worsen your symptoms. And don't exercise before you go to bed.
You should change your diet by eliminating or reducing caffeine and alcohol. If you smoke, consider quitting or cutting back on the number of cigarettes you smoke. Limiting the amount of refined sugar consumed during the day may ease your symptoms at night.
Improving your sleep habits is very important. People sleep better in a cool and dark room. Go to bed the same time each night, and get up at the same time each morning.
Where Can I Get More Information?
The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation provides more information, including where to find a support group. Support group members help each other understand RLS and discuss ways to cope.
Note: This article was originally published March 18, 2013 on PharmacyTimes.com. It has been edited and republished by U.S. News.