Studies are showing that ongoing restless leg syndrome treatment may be essential for maintaining good heart and brain health.
And this restless leg syndrome treatment appears to be especially true for middle aged women.
The reason is because evidence is showing a link between symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS), heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure (hypertension).
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with almost 600,000 deaths per year. Strokes account for about 130,000 yearly deaths.
Hypertension, known as the "silent killer" because it often goes undetected, is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. In fact, estimates are that as many as 17 million Americans have elevated blood pressure and don't even know it.
Now a new study has shown that middle-aged women with restless legs are at increased risk for developing high blood pressure.
The study evaluated 65,544 women, ages 41 to 58, who were participating in Nurses' Health Study II, one of the most thorough studies of women ever undertaken.
Results showed that women who reported restless leg symptoms most frequently had higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings. Specifically:
First, understand there is an association between restless leg syndrome and high blood pressure in men also. Women, however, have a greater risk for developing RLS and more women do have restless leg syndrome symptoms. This is especially true for pregnant women.
Second, it may be that ongoing restless leg syndrome treatment may help to reduce the incidence of hypertension. This in turn may help reduce stroke and heart attack risks and the devastation that both of these diseases cause.
Clearly then, it's important for men and women to keep their RLS and blood pressure under control.
Start by downloading the free e-book below called Natural Help for Restless Leg Syndrome. It gives you an overview of restless legs syndrome and options for treatment.
The e-book focuses on natural restless leg syndrome treatments rather than drugs.
Pharmaceuticals are way over prescribed for far too many health conditions. And they ALWAYS come with the risk of side effects, so first trying lifestyle changes is always a wise choice. Make no mistake however, I'm not against drugs; they do have their place in medicine.
Also, restless leg syndrome treatment varies widely from individual to individual. For mild to moderate cases, drugs may be unnecessary.
Therefore, I'm only focusing below on natural RLS treatment.
Try to keep to a sleep routine that includes good sleep hygiene. See my articles on how to fall asleep for some suggestions.
Other things to consider are any medications you are taking for other health conditions you may have. Some of these are known to make restless leg symptoms worse. For example, drugs for depression, allergies, heart problems, and medicines with antihistamines can worsen RLS.
In addition, diphenhydramine is known to aggravate RLS. This is the main drug in most of the
over the counter sleep aids.
These drugs are terrible and I've written two articles about them. Avoid them! They may even cause brain damage.
Ironically, drugs you may be taking for high blood pressure can also make your restless legs more agitated.
So in an upcoming article, I'll be writing about which natural high blood pressure supplements work to lower blood pressure. Be sure to subscribe to the orange RSS button to your left so you're alerted when I post the article.
When your legs get agitated when you're sitting, one study suggested that mental activity is a form of natural restless leg syndrome treatment. These activities are such things as reading, card games, and computer work.
That last one, computer work, really caught my eye when I read that study.
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One small final thing...computer screens give off light that can keep you up at night. So don't work on your internet business late in the evening...even when you get addicted to your own online business!