Experience Restless Legs?

Man with running shoes on suffering from calf pain.

Restless Legs, also known as Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), is a condition that causes discomfort and an irresistible urge to move your legs. It can occur during periods of rest, such as when sitting or lying down. Additionally, it can significantly impact your sleep quality. Symptoms range from a tingling, crawling, or itching sensation in the legs. In this article, we delve deeper into restless legs, explaining how to recognize the condition, what causes it, and what you can do about it. We also provide a more extensive exploration of how compression socks can help alleviate the symptoms.

Symptoms of restless legs

The symptoms of restless legs vary and can range from a restless sensation to tingling, cramps, and uncontrollable leg movements. These symptoms often occur during periods of rest, such as when falling asleep.

Causes of restless legs

As of today, it remains unclear what causes the sensation of restless legs. However, factors such as reduced blood circulation, use of medications (for psychoses and depressions), pregnancy, kidney problems, diabetes, hypersensitivity, and genetic predisposition are known to play a role. Additionally, there are correlations with thyroid issues, Parkinson's disease, and varicose veins, although it's still unclear how these conditions contribute to experiencing restless legs.

Effective solutions for restless legs

There are steps you can take to reduce the feeling of restless legs:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid caffeine in the evening.
  • Limit (or ideally, stop) alcohol consumption.
  • Wear compression stockings during the day to improve blood circulation and reduce symptoms of restless legs.
  • Engage in regular physical activity to improve overall leg health.
  • Avoid intense exercise right before bedtime.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at consistent times.
  • Regularly take relaxing foot baths or leg massages to unwind.
  • Adopt a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and avoid foods high in carbohydrates and refined sugars.
  • Use relaxation techniques such as yoga to reduce stress.

Experience relief with compression socks

Compression socks provide an effective solution for restless legs by applying graduated pressure from the ankle to the knee. This helps improve blood circulation, speed up the removal of waste products, and enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. As a result, symptoms such as heavy, tired legs and calf cramps can significantly diminish.

Recommended for you

Black knee high compression sock with grey details seen from the front.

Merino Everyday Socks Men

Men's compression socks
3 colors
Front view of a black knee high compression sock with fuchsia details.

Merino Everyday Socks Women

Women's compression socks
2 colors
View all

Niek van Spronsen

Niek has been part of the STOX Energy Socks team since 2022, writing informative and inspiring articles about compression socks, sports, health, and nutrition. With a passion for an active and healthy lifestyle, Niek shares valuable tips and advice to help athletes and health-conscious readers improve their performance and well-being.

All products
Discover now