WHAT TO DO when legs GO WILD
RAISE THE ALARM
Talk to your doctor ASAP.
They’ll go over your history and current medications, and run tests to rule out or confirm conditions that may be the cause. Nerve damage, poor circulation, iron and vitamin deficiency, kidney disease, family history and pregnancy are some. Certain prescription or over-the-counter meds, including older antidepressants and even cold and allergy preparations, may also be triggers.
Nix the caffeine, cola, choccies and sugary treats, especially in the evenings, also black tea, alcohol and cigarettes. Drink caffeinefree herbal teas instead.
MANAGE SLEEP SPACE A cool, dark room free of electronics is optimal.
TRAIN YOUR BODY
Add resistance training to your exercise routine. Walking, yoga, Pilates and swimming are good, too.
SHIFT YOUR FOCUS
As with insomnia, the more you fret, the worse it can get. Retraining your brain, a technique used in pain management, can be very effective and involves reframing negative thoughts, deep-breathing exercises and positive visualisation.
CHECK OUT SUPPLEMENTS Consider taking magnesium with taurine, or herbal and homeopathic remedies; many people
swear by them.