Getting Relief From Restless Leg Syndrome

Sep 4, 2018

Notice an uncomfortable sensation in your legs when you sit too long, relax, or try to sleep? Does it keep you up at night or disrupts your dialysis treatment? You may have restless leg syndrome (RLS). While RLS is quite common for people living with kidney disease, there some tips and treatments to help make life better.


Habits to Promote Better Sleep

With or without RLS, good sleep habits can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Give these a try:

  • Keep a steady sleep schedule; go to bed roughly at the same time each night.
  • Keep the room dark and a little on the cool side.
  • Avoid watching TV or looking at anything with a digital display in your bedroom.

Each of these tips helps remind your body to sleep and can offset distractions like light to moderate RLS.

Talk to Your Doctor About Treatments

CKD, nerve damage, or an iron deficiency can lead to sudden RLS. Depending on your medication and lifestyle, there are several therapies you can try to get past the discomfort and pain. Relaxation techniques, certain exercises, and warm baths can all help. If an iron deficiency is the cause, talk to your doctor or dietitian about adding in an iron supplement to your diet.

Remember, being open and honest with your doctor is vital. Discuss your symptoms so you can work towards a comfortable night sleep and a more relaxing dialysis session.

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