Restless Leg Syndrome: Expert Tips on Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments!

Check out Sleep Foundation’s page on Restless Leg Syndrome:

Do you ever feel like your legs have a mind of their own? A mind that happens to ONLY wake up when you’re trying to fall asleep? Do you get the crawlies, the itchies, the shakies, the shimmies, or the annoying desire to start moving your legs at night? If you do, you could have Restless Leg Syndrome or RLS.

0:00 Introduction
0:25 Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
1:41 What Causes RLS?
2:10 What Makes RLS Worse?
2:28 Treatment for RLS


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  1. I have experienced RLS, but not often. It is a very uncomfortable feeling! This is great information- Thank you!

    1. As a person with a morphine pump for pain AND RLS, I’d say pain is worse, but RLS will drive you mad.

  2. Restless leg syndrome is so difficult and horrible to live with. Especially with my severe fibromyalgia, which paired with my RLS caused me significant leg pain.

    1. Hi there, I’m another RLS sufferer. I had tried everything and the situation for me was just getting worse. Eventually I realised that I needed medication, something I’d been putting off. My doctor started me on pregabalin, which is an ‘alpha 2 delta ligand’ medication (other medications of this type include Gabapentin/ Gabapentin enacarbil)
      I can’t stress enough how well these medications work, and are typically very safe. Please be weary though of taking a group of medications called dopamine agonists (like pramipexole) as these medication can often make symptoms much worse in the long run (a problem called ‘augmentation’). Good luck!

    2. @Sue been on all the meds you can think of for all of my conditions! I found Requip not to be very helpful but gabapentin was great for my nerve damage/ nerve pain. I don’t know if it helped with my RLS. I did find that my severe fibromyalgia would make my legs ache so badly too. Adding in a multivitamin to make up for my deficiencies including vitamin d deficiency and adding magnesium helped too. Cannabis in many forms truly helps as long as it’s the right strain and doesn’t make my anxiety spike. Then it has the opposite effect. Topical products with cannabinoids are great too.

    3. @BGooD Music iron deficiency can contribute to rls. Always best to get a full work up from your doctor.

    4. @Sue lyrica can have some awful side effects… I really struggled on it. I’m so glad I’m off of it now. I really hope you’ve found what helps your RLS. It’s so awful. ❤

  3. I’ve had it before, felt like a gremlin in my lower back trying to claw it’s way through my spinal cord.

  4. My wife does this, which keeps me awake too. She also makes strange sounds and laughs but has no memory of it the next day…

  5. Really hot water and/or a massage effect from shower head, gets rid of mine. I have to get in shower, and run really hot water over thighs for up to 15 mins, and I use a shower head that I place close to the thigh, so its possible that it is getting some sort of massage from the water hitting the area too, but this works everytime. If it doesnt work, its because I didnt do it long enough. I dont have a constant odd feeling in my legs. I usually only get these when Im having trouble sleeping, and right as I doze off I get a jolt of restless leg. I then have to hop in the shower, and it takes care of it.

  6. I’ve yet to find anything that really works. Ropinirole helps the most for me but some nights it doesn’t help at all. The tips here are pretty useless. Exercise doesn’t work. I’m pretty active and still have these attacks every night. Winding down an hour before bedtime is impossible when your legs are driving you crazy! Baths help some but once you get in bed it usually starts right back up. Wish it were possible to temporarily paralyze my legs at night.

    1. Same. I take a combination of gabapentin and ropinirole. That was helping for a month or two, but I keep increasing the gaba dose. I take one of each around noon, and more of each at night. It’s pointless to say how much because each person is different. Sometimes I also take motrin because I also have sciatica, which I feel triggers RLS as well. Tonight I also took melatonin. I also feel that any pains or discomfort I have in my body triggers it (I’m early 50s) while I’m at rest. I also don’t do any of the habits she mentioned – smoke, drink and the others. I hate having to take so many pills, but what’s the alternative?

  7. I have it crazy crazy every single night. plus I have sciatica, and cervical radiculopathy and neuropathy. I have a hot tub and use it pretty much everyday. I dont smoke or drink.

  8. If someone started massaging the calf of either of my legs it would send me into the next week. Most of the time I can’t even point my toes without it triggering.
    This mess is so bad.

  9. I have had RLS for many years, and my doctor has put me on various medications to combat it over the years, with varying degrees of success. I recently changed doctors and just offhandedly asked the new doctor if he knew anything that might help-anything that wasn’t another medication, as I’m trying to get off all meds. I told him that I’m taking magnesium every night, and that that help- and he suggested drinking tonic water if my legs still started up. The quinine in the tonic water might help. (He offered to give me a Rx for quinine, but said the tonic water would do the same thing) I tried it- and it did indeed help! You have to do a little trial and error with the amount needed to drink- I usually just drink about 3/4 of a cup, more if my legs are particularly bad. So, to all fellow sufferers- here’s another thing to try. Maybe you’ll get some relief. Magnesium and tonic water. Who’d a thunk it?

  10. This used to happen to me but then I started running and using a weighted blanket and it has gone away significantly.

  11. This is BS – I exercise, don’t use alcohol, minimum caffeine early in the day. This doesn’t mention the extensive studies done that show that RLS is generational and particularly from Northern European areas, or, that woman are 3times more likely to get RLS then men. And, what about the studies regarding iron levels? This is an epic fail for an informational video.

    1. Copper is often the underlying issue when iron deficiency is bandied around by so called health experts.

      Frequency healing can be very effective for many issues. Rife frequency- can be found on youtube.

  12. Sugar makes it worse for me. For relief I stand on an ice pack for a minute or two, it helps.

  13. I suffer from RLS, I use a couple of remedies. First a TENS apparatus (Dr Ho.) mine comes with footpads, which does work, but requires you to be sitting up for about 10 minutes. Second I bounce on my miniature trampoline for about the same period and stretch both legs every which way. Neither method is any fun at 2 a.m., but it’s better than just lying there waiting for the next wave. Hope this helps some of you guys.

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