Sleep and Aging

Frequently Asked Questions

25. How is restless legs syndrome treated?

If you have mild to moderate symptoms of restless legs syndrome, your doctor may suggest certain lifestyle changes. Reducing the use of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco may provide some relief. People with restless legs syndrome often have low levels of iron in their blood. In such cases doctors often prescribe supplements. Your doctor may also suggest taking supplements to correct low levels of folate and magnesium. Taking a hot bath, massaging the legs, or using a heating pad or ice pack can help relieve symptoms in some patients.

Very often, people who suffer from movement disorders during sleep such as restless legs syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder are successfully treated with the same medications used for Parkinson's disease.

Learn more about treatments for restless legs syndrome.