Sleep phases

RLS is a sleep disorder. I personally have to deal with that every night. Unfortunately, lifestyle and supplement measures that I am taking do not fix this. At best they have a soothing effect. It can also differ greatly per night how severe the complaints are. Often times I don’t know why it is worse … Read more

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

Not long ago I read that 80% of people with restless leg syndrome also have Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). I did not know that. I myself belong to the minority of 20% that is not affected by this. PLMD strikes me as an extremely unpleasant condition. Only restless legs would be disruptive enough for … Read more

Neuropathy

In one of the responses on the website, a reader asked me if neuropathy and restless leg syndrome are the same. I already knew that the symptoms are similar, but also that it is not the same condition. So it is good to take a closer look at this. I have searched for answers to … Read more

Pregnancy

Actually, until a few years ago, I didn’t know that many women have to deal with restless legs during pregnancy. However, I read about this several times on a fellow sufferer forum. Although I have never had a pregnancy myself, I still find it interesting to learn more about this. In this blog I will … Read more

Iron

Iron deficiency is thought to be one of the causes of secondary RLS. Secondary RLS is when the troubled legs are the result of a complication of a certain condition or the result of a health-related factor, such as iron deficiency. In this blog I want to take a closer look at this: What is … Read more

Dopamine and Medication

Restless legs syndrome probably involves a disruption in the production of the substance dopamine. This causes a shortage. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. To gain more insight into the effect of this substance, I delved a little deeper into the matter. In this blog I will discuss the following: What are neurotransmitters? Which medication is available … Read more

Bad Sleep

I’ve noticed that restless leg syndrome is not well known to the general public. People do not really have an idea of what its consequences might be. However, regular poor sleep undeniably affects many things in daily life. So it shouldn’t be dismissed as a small thing. I have heard from fellow sufferers that even … Read more

Magnesium

The first supplement that came to my attention when I started having restless legs was magnesium. At the time, I had no idea how many different variants of magnesium were available. I now know a lot more and have tried a lot in this area. I also made a choice for one of the types … Read more

Stories

A couple of years ago restless legs started to be more and more a serious issue for me. Unpleasant sensations, prickling tingly and painful stiffness in my legs. I experienced a lot of heat, especially in both my calves and feet. Often I have put my legs up against the wall. This was cooling and … Read more

Treatment of Restless Legs

Unfortunately there is no cure yet for restless legs. Medication to suppress symptoms is available though. These are dopamine agonists which simulate the working of dopamine. The downside of this kind of medicine is the probability of quite a few side effects. Furthermore, symptoms can return or even worsen after some time. In that case … Read more