Adding to that, I’ll tell you a personal story because I have recently had blade cramps and I’ve been downhill skiing. I’ve also been doing some pretty heavy leg exercises and a lot of exercises that I never did before. Before lots of squats and stuff and I was experiencing leg cramps and I would get up in the middle of the night and take a sports drink because I’ve got electrolytes. The problem with sports drinks is they usually have either glucose or high fructose corn syrup or something in them that raises your insulin levels. Which is not terrible when you’re doing exercise but what you’re in the middle of the night, you really don’t want that. So, I just recently switched to trying out the bar soap because I thought to give it a shot and see how it goes. Let’s see if that works for me too. So, if you’re experiencing the same problem, let me know if it works for you or doesn’t work for you. It’s cheap and has been found to help many other people who have been suffering from the same problem.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes a strong urge to move one’s legs. There is often an unpleasant feeling in the legs that improves somewhat with moving them. Occasionally the arms may also be affected. The feelings generally happen when at rest and therefore can make it hard to sleep. Due to the disturbance in sleep, people with RLS may have daytime sleepiness, low energy, irritability, and a depressed mood. Additionally, many have limb twitching during sleep.
Risk factors for RLS include low iron levels, kidney failure, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, and pregnancy. A number of medications may also trigger the disorder including antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines, and calcium channel blockers. There are two main types. One is early onset RLS which starts before age 45, runs in families and worsens over time. The other is late onset RLS which begins after age 45, starts suddenly, and does not worsen. Diagnosis is generally based on a person’s symptoms after ruling out other potential causes.
Restless leg syndrome may resolve if the underlying problem is addressed. Otherwise treatment includes lifestyle changes and medication. Lifestyle changes that may help include stopping alcohol and tobacco use, and sleep hygiene. Medications used include levodopa or a dopamine agonist such as pramipexole. RLS affects an estimated 2.5–15% of the American population. Females are more commonly affected than males and it becomes more common with age.