So, this post isn’t really beauty related in the fact that I won’t be talking about makeup or giving out a tutorial on a look that I created. However, it’s something I really wanted to share with you all as I know so many people are affected by this and what affects your health can affect your skin, therefore affecting your beauty routine.
Today, my post is all about the absolute fury-inducing topic of Restless Legs Syndrome, RLS for short. Now, if you don’t suffer from this and don’t really know what it is, it’s an extremely irritating and common condition that affects the nervous system and creates an overwhelming urge to move the legs – sometimes even the feet, calves and thighs. Everybody explains the feeling differently, but for me, it feels like a tension slowly rising up through my legs and back causing my muscles to get tighter and tighter until all of a sudden I can’t stand it anymore and just have to move around to relieve the symptoms. The only problem is that moving only temporarily gets rid of the sensation and it can come back within seconds. It can lead to an abundance of sleepless nights and irritability which really takes its toll after a short while.
I’ve suffered with RLS for quite some time now and it had been so much worse since I made the move to Manchester. I was tossing and turning all night getting more and frustrated and unable to sleep. I tried walking more, giving up caffeine on the evenings and trying to nail down my sleep routine but it just wasn’t working for me.
Recently, I started Yoga with Ellen Kay and after my first yoga session with Ellen, I had my first full nights sleep in over three weeks! I was absolutely thrilled. No restless legs, no nightmares when I did fall to sleep, and no disturbances in my sleep the whole night long. For the first time in months, I woke up feeling refreshed and actually pretty happy.
I was so pleased to have not experienced RLS that night that I took up yoga on a daily basis. I also upped my iron intake with supplements (something that is said to sometimes help with RLS) – and I’m pleased to say I’m now one week on without experiencing RLS and on track to sleeping more peacefully which is actually a miracle for me going on the past month.
I wanted to share this information with you as it really helped me to get back my sleeping pattern, release a lot of stress and wake up feeling more refreshed again. We all know how much being tired can affect our lives and we all need our beauty sleep to help us along. To read about the full details of RLS, take a look at this link here where you can find out about the causes, treatments and outlook.
If you’ve found any other ways to relieve your RLS, I’d love to hear from you!
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