Can a weighted blanket help with RLS? A sleep doctor answers your questions!

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0:00 Answering YOUR questions
0:43 Using a weighted blanket
1:18 Is RLS simply an excess of glucose?
1:55 Visiting a sleep doctor?

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  1. Doesn’t work for me. A weighted blanket escalates my RLS to full on claustrophobia. My dad had RLS too, long before it had a name.

  2. eat meat before going to bed. if I want to sleep like a baby, I’ll eat a piece of steak. I fall asleep fast and stay asleep all night.
    it’s weird but it works! 🍖 🥓 🥩

  3. Through trial and error, I stumbled upon a simple means of mitigating much of the discomfort of RLS, allowing me to return to sleep: I roll into the prone position and tuck my knees under my chest. I find the pressure this applies to my legs, especially my calves, where the discomfort is greatest, very soothing. I can’t remain in this position more than a few minutes because it restricts circulation to my legs, so I roll onto my side, restoring circulation, but keeping a semi-tucked posture that allows me to fall asleep. Yes, it can test the knees, but for me, it works quite well.

  4. I tried two different weighted blankets and both were so heavy I couldn’t breathe. I don’t understand the appeal.

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