WHAT TO DO when legs GO WILD

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Better Legs -

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.

AVOID STIMULANTS

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.

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