Wednesday, December 7, 2016

RLS Foundation's Discussion Board

You Are Not Alone

An Online Community Available 24/7

With the stress that the holidays can bring, it's a comfort to know that you are not alone in your struggles with RLS. The RLS Foundation's discussion board provides an avenue for individuals to post anonymously about their symptoms, treatments and other coping strategies. It is a supportive, hopeful environment for those who are looking to share their RLS stories with others who know exactly what they're going through.

The discussion board is run by five Foundation volunteers who serve as moderators. Topic areas currently include:

Physical Treatments
Non-drug therapies (methods of relief that don't involve swallowing or injecting anything), including compression, heat, light, stretches, acupuncture, etc.

Non-prescription Medicines, Supplements, Diet
Substances that are ingested, inhaled, or otherwise consumed for the purpose of relieving RLS, other than prescription medications. For example, herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, diet, kratom, and marijuana (for now) should be discussed here. Tell others of successes, failures, side effects, and any known research on these substances.

Prescription Medications
Prescription drugs, iron injections, and other medical interventions that involve the introduction of a drug or medicine into the body. Discuss side effects, successes, failures, published research, information about drug trials, and information about new medications being developed.

Topic of the Year: Augmentation
The topic of the year 2015 for the RLS Foundation is Augmentation. Use this forum to discuss any issues associated with Augmentation

Special Populations: Pediatric, Pregnancy, Secondary, etc.
RLS occurs more frequently in certain populations, including people with end-stage renal disease, women during pregnancy, and people with iron deficiency. RLS in the elderly and children brings other challenges. Sharing your experiences may be extraordinarily helpful to others.

Help for Relationships
Share how living with this disease can and does impact your relationships. How do you cope? What questions to you have?

General Topics
For everything and anything else not covered in the other RLS/WED sections.

Everything Else... Just No RLS!
It's nice to realize that there is life beyond this disease and have an opportunity to get to know our online family in a different context.

To get started, learn more about the simple, free registration here. Questions or concerns? Contact the discussion board moderators at

Remember posts and information on the discussion board are based on personal experiences and recommendations; they should not be considered a substitute for the advice of a healthcare provider.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Healthy Sleep Habits

Helpful Links for RLS Sufferers who Want to Learn More

Below is a presentation from the Foundation's 2016 educational webinar series, "Coping with RLS and What Sleep Deprivation Does to You." This webinar is presented by Dr. Jeffery Durmer, CMO of FusionHealth and member of the RLS Foundation Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Visit for more information about our webinar series and other Foundation programs!

Additionally, this Buzzfeed article has some great infographics about tips for getting a good night's sleep!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Symbiotic Relationship of Sleep and Exercise

Important Tips to Help with Your Sleep Cycle

For RLS sufferers, it is oftentimes nearly impossible to fall and stay asleep. Many have reported to the Foundation that they get as little as 2-4 hours of sleep per night. When the recommended amount of sleep is 7-9 hours each night, such little sleep can have debilitating effects on waking life.

However, it is recommended for those with RLS to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, as regular exercise can significantly improve and stabilize the sleep cycle. Studies from the National Sleep Foundation have continuously shown us that:
  1. Exercise reduces stress and tires us out, allowing us to have a longer and better quality sleep
  2. Sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy cost millions in medical costs and disrupt work and social lives
  3. Those that exercise report getting a better quality of sleep than those who do not, and are less likely to have sleep issues
Exercise in the early hours of the morning or afternoon can have a positive effect on the natural circadian rhythm, or "sleep-wake cycle." Exercise raises the body's temperature for roughly four to five hours before gradually falling, thus helping one feel sleepy in the evening around bedtime. However, it is important to note that especially for RLS sufferers, rigorous exercise before bed should be avoided, since it can stimulate the brain and prevent one from falling asleep.

Meditation, yoga or light stretching are great options for easing RLS symptoms before bed, as they can help settle both the mind and body. Additionally, the Foundation's Sleep Diary is a great resources to help find sleep cycle patterns and potential RLS triggers.

Other suggestions for getting a good night's sleep include avoiding technology before bed, sticking to a consistent schedule and cultivating a relaxing evening ritual for yourself. Remember to refrain from any activity that your doctor has specifically told you to avoid. Read more about healthy lifestyle habits for RLS sufferers on our website.

Check out the original article about sleep and exercise and its great infographics at