There is no better feeling than waking up after a night of good sleep (especially after a long or tiring day). It is those days, you can't wait to get to bed, fall asleep, and get much-needed rest. But sometimes, it does not happen the way you want and you find yourself not getting much sleep at all. You slide under the covers and then every sound around becomes magnified. All the typical home settling noises in your home sound louder. You hear every car drive by and then your legs strike, too! The tingling in your legs starts to affect your comfort and makes it more impossible to fall asleep.
Leg pain is a common problem at night and the throbbing and painful cramping can last for several minutes and sometimes for hours. This makes it difficult to get comfortable and go to sleep. It is also a sign that you may have an underlying condition.
What causes tingling legs?
Many things, including some medications, can cause numbness and tingling legs. Also, what we do every day can cause numbness, such as sitting and standing in one position for a long time, sitting cross-legged, and falling asleep with one leg over another. These are all examples of pressure on the nerves, which can cause numbness, and changing positions can sometimes improve circulation.
Many other conditions can cause numbness and tingling, including:
● An animal or insect bite
● Toxins present in seafood
● Abnormal level of vitamin B-12, calcium, potassium, or sodium
● Radiation therapy
● Medications, particularly chemotherapy
● Varicose veins
It is estimated that almost 5% to 15% of adults suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS), and up to 19% of pregnant females develop RLS during pregnancy. Restless leg syndrome does not cause severe health problems, but it can interfere with sleep and cause extreme fatigue. Here are some tips for a symptom-free lifestyle:
If you have restless leg syndrome or tingling legs, light and quick massages are often enough to eliminate the symptoms. However, if muscle pain is the cause of leg discomfort, a deeper massage can help relieve some pain. If you want to pamper yourself, you can use foam rollers, or book an appointment with a professional masseuse.
Hot and Cold Therapy
A warm bath or shower before going to bed can help relieve muscle pain. Heat packs can also be used, especially to target muscle pain and joint stiffness. However, if swelling is the main problem, it is advisable to use cold compression therapy. The cold helps narrow blood vessels, reduce blood flow to the area, prevent fluid retention, and reduce swelling.
In some cases, physical activity can cause leg pain, but in certain situations, it helps. A simple walk around the house can help relieve tingling legs, especially if you walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Doing this may allow the symptoms to disappear when you get out of bed.
Gravity is our friend in various ways, but after a long day of standing and sitting, it can have a negative impact on our health. Gravity breaks down blood and other fluids that accumulate in the lower extremities, causing shrinkage and swelling. At the end of the day, place your legs level just above your heart and lie down for 15-20 minutes to improve circulation and reduce the pressure. For proper support and placement, we recommend investing in foot pillows.
The best way to treat symptoms is to prevent them from appearing in the first place, which is where compression therapy comes in. In most cases, compression garments should not be worn in bed, but wearing them during the day can help prevent or reduce symptoms. Compressed socks stimulate circulation and reduce swelling. This will make your feet and legs feel comfortable at the end of the day.
Tingling legs are a real pain, but with the right combination of prevention and pain management tips, you can prevent it from interfering with beauty sleep. Follow these strategies to relieve foot pain at night. We wish you a sweet dream. If you have experienced leg cramps at night, you know how painful they are. Fortunately, these are not often a sign of severe problems. Stretching the calf's muscles and following the tips mentioned above before going to bed can help prevent tingling legs and cramping at night.