Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is an ailment many people know all too well. Also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, the disorder is caused by disruptions in the nervous system which can make your legs (and in some cases, arms) ache, feel strained, and even move uncontrollably. These symptoms can lead to very poor sleep, as they make it difficult for the body to truly relax. So what can be done about it? A mysterious home remedy may be your answer.
Dr. Julian Whitaker confirms that patients of his swear by this method — placing a bar of soap in your bed at night will help relieve the symptoms in a significant manner.
Derek H. Page from The People's Pharmacy writes about the process: While it has not yet been determined in a completely conclusive manner, Page theorizes that the scent molecules in the soap are capable of evaporating and depositing on your leg, where they'll then be absorbed into your muscles and affect your blood supply.
No matter the reason, people everywhere have taken to this seemingly infallible remedy, slowly turning it into a household staple. People's Pharmacy took it upon themselves to engineer a soap bar that is completely flat, in order to be less intrusive in the bed while remaining just as efficient. The lavender scent that it diffuses is also said to help with sleeping. While some people choose to place it in a free-roaming sock in the sheets, you could also try hiding your bar of soap under your fitted sheet and seeing if that works as well.
There are other remedies to try to get relief for restless leg syndrome:
Engaging in moderate exercise, such as walking, swimming, or yoga, can help reduce RLS symptoms. Regular physical activity promotes better blood flow and helps regulate dopamine levels, which may contribute to relieving symptoms.
Soaking in a warm bath before bedtime can relax the muscles and soothe the sensations associated with RLS. Consider adding Epsom salts to the bathwater, as the magnesium in the salts may also provide some relief.
Massaging your legs, particularly the calves, before bedtime can help reduce muscle tension and provide temporary relief from RLS symptoms. You can use a gentle, circular motion to massage the affected areas.
Certain substances like caffeine and nicotine can exacerbate RLS symptoms. Avoid consuming these stimulants, especially in the evening or close to bedtime.
Maintain a consistent sleep schedule:
Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. A regular sleep schedule can improve sleep quality and may help manage RLS symptoms.
Hot or cold compresses:
Applying a hot or cold compress to your legs can help alleviate RLS discomfort. Some individuals find relief with a cold compress, while others prefer a warm compress. Experiment to see which one works best for you.