We have talked extensively about restless leg syndrome and leg cramps in previous posts. Basically, these are conditions that occur at night when you are trying to go to sleep. They can be extremely painful and frustrating to deal with. This is especially true if someone just wants to rest.
Restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder that produces unpleasant feelings in the legs while a person is resting. The root cause of restless leg syndrome is unknown, but there are some situations that have been linked to the issue. These include kidney failure, diabetes, alcohol consumption, medication use, and pregnancy.
Nightly leg cramps, or charley horses, are also a common problem people have as they are falling asleep. However, unlike restless leg syndrome, moving the leg while it is cramping will not reduce the discomfort. Instead, it will increase the pain significantly. Leg cramps normally occur because of excessive exercise, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, and dehydration.
There are some things you can do to stop both restless leg syndrome and leg cramps from happening at night. Some of these include massages, a warm bath or shower, drinking enough water, and eating right. However, there is one simple thing you can do TONIGHT that will stop restless leg syndrome and leg cramps.
Put a bar of soap under your sheet!
That’s right. About 42% of people who suffer from leg cramps or restless leg syndrome use this weird soap trick to stop the problem. Why does it work? Doctors are not sure, but some believe that the magnesium in the soap stops the problem. That is because magnesium deficiency is a leading cause of both restless leg syndrome and leg cramps.
Dr. Oz suggests lavender soap because it helps to relax the muscles with its natural scent. I agree. If you are going to put soap in your bed, make it natural with an essential oil-based scent.