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How can I manage insomnia caused by restless leg syndrome (RLS)?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Here are some top restless leg syndrome (RLS) natural management techniques:
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid cold medicines, if you can.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Keep a consistent bedtime schedule.
  • Exercise four to five hours before bedtime.
  • Take a warm bath before bed.
  • Heat and ice your legs before bed.
  • Get regular leg massages.
You may also consider sleeping alone for a while until you have your symptoms under control. If you're constantly worried about waking someone else up, this may increase your stress levels, which may make symptoms worse.

Insomnia from restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common complaint that can be managed. See your doctor to evaluate for common reversible causes of restless legs such as iron deficiency and avoiding aggravating drugs such as caffeine. Additionally, restless legs syndrome can often be treated by medications that will alleviate symptoms and thereby lead to better sleep.

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