What are some lifestyle changes I can make?

Along with proper treatment and regular visits to your doctor, small lifestyle changes may help improve RLS symptoms. Talk to your doctor about making these changes.

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Avoid caffeine

Although it may give you a much-needed morning pick-me-up, caffeine has been shown to trigger RLS symptoms. Consider cutting back on caffeine-containing products, like coffee, green tea, and chocolate to see if symptoms improve.1

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Sleep well

Keeping a regular schedule can go a long way toward helping you get a good night's sleep. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Keep your room cool, dark, quiet, and comfortable.1

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Exercise regularly

Moderate physical activity can help you manage symptoms of RLS and may help you sleep. Consider walking, yoga, and other low-impact activities. Talk to your doctor about what exercises work best for your lifestyle.1,2

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Distract yourself

Find ways to engage your mind, like needlework or games on your phone, when you need to sit for a period of time. Try to schedule sedentary activities (such as airplane travel) for when symptoms are less bothersome (like in the morning or afternoon).2,3

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Apply heat or ice packs

Using warm or cold packs on your legs may help reduce sensations.1

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Try different relaxation techniques like taking hot or cold baths, massaging your legs, and stretching to help reduce symptoms.1

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Reduce drinking and smoking

Try to avoid alcohol and tobacco, as both have been reported to worsen RLS symptoms.1

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