restless leg syndromeRestless Leg Syndrome as a disruptive condition that affects the nervous system.  Up to 10% of the U.S. population have some form of it.  It results in an irresistible urge to move the legs (and sometimes the arms), and is often accompanied by unpleasant sensations in the legs such as creeping, crawling, tingling, pulling or pains.  Because RLS most often occurs in the evening, it can disrupt sleep, contribute to insomnia, and greatly reduce a person’s quality of life.  RLS tends to run in families.  There are a few natural remedies that have been shown to help calm the symptoms of restless legs.

The B vitamins are nourishing and essential for nervous system health.  A study from the journal “Alternative Medicine Review” found that administration of folic acid (vitamin B-8) alleviated the symptoms of RLS and plays a role in the treatment of primary, familial RLS.  As a note, the B vitamins work together as a group and should be taken together in a supplement. Some of the other B vitamins include thiamin (B-1), niacin (B-3) and riboflavin (B-2).  If only one of the group is taken, it may create a deficiency in the others.

In the article “Restless Leg Syndrome Responds to Calcium” by Peter Gott, M.D., he says: “Calcium has been found to be helpful in relieving nocturnal (night time) leg cramps, and some RLS sufferers have found that it is beneficial in preventing symptoms when taken just prior to sleep.”

A recent study published in the journal of “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise” reported the results of exercise in people who suffer from periodic leg movements (PLM).  PLM is a night-time condition with similar symptoms to RLS in which people experience a repetitive cramping or jerking of the legs during sleep.  The results showed that both intense short-term exercise and longer-term exercise lowered symptoms and greatly aided with falling sleep and staying asleep.  A good tip would be to exercise at least two hours prior to bedtime as it my be stimulating.

Magnesium deficiency is a key factor in RLS.  Studies in the Journal “Sleep” and the “Romanian Journal of Neurology and Psychiatry” have found magnesium to be an effective natural therapy for RLS.  Insomnia remedies should have a 2 to 1 ratio of calcium to magnesium (twice as much calcium as magnesium).  The original research on this ratio appeared in 1935 in the Journal of Physiological Reviews.

Andrew Weil, M.D. says that using drugs for restless leg syndrome – many of which have serious side effects – should be employed only as a last resort.  He suggests RLS sufferers take a calcium/magnesium supplement at bedtime, do some form of daily exercise, stretch or massage their legs, take a hot bath to relax the legs, and stop smoking if they do so, as smoking may impair blood flow to the leg muscles.  Since caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can trigger symptoms, avoiding all three substances can bring relief.

One natural sleep remedy showing good results with restless leg syndrome and insomnia is Sleep Minerals II, made by  It contains highly absorbable forms of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D – all combined in a softgel with carrier oils for fast assimilation.

John M. in Florida says: “My restless legs were so bad that after 5:00 p.m. I could hardly sit down for two minutes without my legs moving.  After taking Sleep Minerals II for a while, my restless leg syndrome is greatly diminished and I’ve noticed I’m getting more and more sleep.”

[Post By Jobee Knight]

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