My Legs Want to Move!
My Legs Want to Move!
|By Cynthia Bergsbaken|
Do you ever have it where your legs just want to move? This use to happen to me quite a bit when I was a child , sleeping. If I ever had to share a bed, I'd be promptly told to "stop moving your feet". It felt good to move my feet back and forth in the bed sheets, getting rid of the restless feeling.
This is what I call "Restless Legs".
Now that I'm older, I've had this happen once in a while during my sleep. I will have slept about 4 hrs and I wake up to this feeling. My legs felt like they had drank 5 glasses of dark coffee while I slept! Feeling restless legs makes me feel like I want to get up and walk or jog around. Trying to sleep with restless legs is just about impossible for me.
Well, I used to think taking magnesium supplement would help relax my legs. I found out the magnesium with calcium at a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio did nothing for my restless legs, but it did give me a relaxed feeling to fall a sleep to.
What I found that alleviates my restless legs is to get up and drink 1-2 cups of water. After I do this, my restless legs tends to go away within about 3 minutes. It's like magic! So this tells me, I'm not drinking enough water during the day. I go to bed dehydrated. If I ate a salted snack within a couple of hours before bed, the salt will enhance the Restless Legs making it worse. Salt activates muscle to tissue, getting it ready to move. I wonder how many people are dehydrated, complaining to their medical doctors their legs are restless and then leaving with a prescription for some drug?
If you have restless legs, try drinking water when you feel it. Better yet, drink plenty of water through out the day. Leave the salty snacks for early afternoon. See if this simple remedy helps. If it does, this maybe telling you to drink more water during the day.
Written by Cynthia Bergsbaken of Reiki in the Prairie LLC
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