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How We Conquered Restless Legs

How We Conquered Restless Legs

I get it… You’ve had a long day. You wake up early, get the kids ready, drive to work, come home, cook dinner, get the kids tucked in for bed and you’re beat. You can’t wait to get to bed. So you crawl in bed, you read a book, and turn off your light, ready for that long awaited sleep.

And then…

Your legs are suddenly uncomfortable. They’re itchy on the inside, like little pin pricks of needles are tickling yet hurting at the same time. You have this irresistible urge to move your legs to get some relief, but no matter how many times you over or around, the sensations keep coming. Your legs may be still for a second or two, but inevitably, the urge to move them again comes back.

You grab your phone and Google “how to cure restless legs” or “how to get legs to stop moving at night.” You’re reached your limit, only to find out that there is no “real cure” for restless legs and there are either a) a handful or pharmaceuticals you can trial with your Dr. or b) there are 15 million supplements you can try; only you don’t know where to begin or c) you need to try some insanely strict diet with no guarantee that it would help a thing.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone.

Approximately 7-10 of the United States population may have Restless Legs Syndrome. [1]

This disorder can affect you not only during the night time, while trying to sleep, but also in the daytime. Lack of sleep affects your mood, how you respond to others, overall performance, and relationships to those who are close to you.

I know this, because my wife and I lived with this disorder after the birth of our second child. It was so bad, and caused so much stress in our marriage, that we quit trying to sleep in the same room as each other (fortunately, that’s changed for us).

What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless Legs Syndrome [RLS] is two parts: it is a disorder of the nervous system as well as classified as a sleep disorder (since it interferes with sleep).

Those affected with RLS usually have uncomfortable legs in the afternoon or late evening hours. Because of the discomfort, people have an urge to move their legs to relieve the sensations. These sensations are described as uncomfortable, itchy, and even pins and needle like feelings.

In our experience, when my wife had RLS, she would happily crawl in bed, crack a book and start drifting off. About 15 minutes after the light was turned off, I’d hear her legs start jerking around, or twitching. Not only did if affect her quality of sleep, but it greatly affected my sleep as well. This would go on for hours, until one of us moved. Approximately 5 of the 7 nights of the week, one of us would end up on the couch. Can you relate?

So What Causes Restless Legs?

Unfortunately, no one really knows. While many suggestions for what causes have been proposed, they have all been rejected.

Some speculate that RLS may be due to an underlying medical condition, while others think it could be related to abnormalities in the brain which regulate muscle movements. Research is still being done on this subject.

Treatment for Restless Legs

An easy place to start first would be to do an elimination diet to determine if specific foods are the trigger. One of the more popular elimination diets is the Whole30 program, which eliminates foods which are known to cause health issues and even inflammation in the body. Foods like coffee, caffeine and nicotine could also be the culprit.

Additionally, underlying medical conditions such as nutritional deficiencies, or diseases could be the culprit, and a doctors visit/testing may be all that’s needed to make the correction. For some people, treating a deficiency or disease corrects RLS.

Pharmaceuticals are often offered to treat RLS, however, keep in mind that the drugs do not generally cure the condition, but relieve the symptoms. Additionally, many of the pharmaceuticals offered for RLS are considered highly addictive and could create even greater long term health issues.

What Worked for My Wife

While my wife and I were trying to troubleshoot her restless legs, we decided to try a more natural route and spent months scouring research and publications for possible solutions. We stayed clear of pharmaceuticals, since some of the references prescriptions were for highly addictive substances like opioids and benzodiazepines.

We spent months doing research and we learned that there is a prominent link between RLS and magnesium deficiency. So what did we do? Experiment.

She tried multiple magnesium supplements: from dis-solvable powders, to magnesium tablets and pills. While the calming effect was nice, none of them provided the full relief that she needed to get a good night sleep.

So we kept digging.

Then we learned that transdermal magnesium [absorption through the skin] may be the trick, as some reports have indicated that transdermal magnesium chloride is absorbed in just 90 seconds!

Results?

First we tried magnesium oil. No go. While my wife experienced relief, the magnesium oil stung her legs.

So we created our own soothing, magnesium lotion made using just four ingredients: apricot oil, magnesium, mango butter and beeswax. It’s all-natural, without the addicting properties of some of the pharmaceuticals I discussed earlier.

The results? RELIEF and a good night sleep!

Applying just a small pea sized amount of our magnesium lotion on each of my wife’s legs resulted in a restful night sleep for BOTH of us, allowing us to finally sleep in the same bed again!

She woke up well rested and ready to take on the day. What was amazing, was the twitching and jerking of her legs STOPPED! The magnesium lotion both calmed and soothed her legs to the point where her restless legs were no longer an issue.

Several years later she no longer needs to use our magnesium lotion for her legs, but will occasionally apply it during the week on stressful days, to help calm her body and mind.

Now [important disclaimer here], I am not able to say that this lotion cured or treated my wife’s restless legs, because then the government would be all over me for making medical claims, which I cannot do, unless selling a pharmaceutical product.

But what I can say is that our hand crafted magnesium lotion calmed her legs and allowed her to finally get a good night sleep – restoring her sanity [and our marriage].

Try Magnesium Lotion For Yourself

If you suffer from RLS or for whatever reason are having a hard time falling asleep at night, give our magnesium lotion a shot.

Sources: [1]