As for RLS, i had always been told that it was an iron deficiency. I can tell you, i disagree with that. i think thats old news. and for what its worth, I have had RLS for 32 yrs. and it is moderate to severe. It will NEVER go away.
there isnt but one thing i have noticed that actually helped alot. When i was pregnant, i was taking the prenatal vitamins and i didnt have any RLS symptoms. now that i am taking all of these antifungals, vitamins etc…there is something that i am taking thats helping. i am just not sure what it is.
The possibility of whats helping me is:
i know one night i forgot to take these and i had a bad night. Now this doesnt mean that it is one of these..but it did happen. as long as i take all my pills, it helps my legs so i can sleep thru the night. I DO have a nightly ritual that i have done for these 32 yrs. A warm/hot bath right before bedtime..just long enough to get your legs to relax..then go straight to bed and get right to sleep. laying there for 30+ minutes and tossing and turning will make it worse. you cant lay in bed and watch TV either. it is bath and bed/sleep. some nights i wake in one hour..(those are the severe nights), other nights i can sleep atleast 4 hours then i am awake. i will go back to the tub for another hot bath enough to relax…so i can get back to sleep. I dont take any RX meds. i am not big on drugs so i just live with it and deal with it and this has helped me some. but i dont think just one vitamin or herb is the fix. i think it is a combo of things.
I have never heard of the Magnesium connection before that Able is talking about.
i hope they DO find something that works that isnt a DRUG! as far as the calcium and magnesium, that did not work for me. and it may be different with everyone and thats why they cant find a solution to the problem
as far as alot of exercise etc…that isnt good for it. Especially late in the eve before bedtime. but also not getting any exercise at all, can make it even worse. so a light to moderate exercise is good.
anyway hope that tidbit helps. It a hard thing to live with. I found that being a night owl and sleeping in the day time helped too…which isnt what most peoples schedules are. I can say i dont go to bed till i am sleepy..but i also dont stay up till I am exhausted either because that makes it much worse. its all about finding that happy medium for your own body.