Restless Legs Syndrome is associated with diabetes...are you diabetic? Have you been tested for diabetes or insulin resistance? Maybe when you sugar is low that's when you feel the worst...then you eat a sweet and feel better. Time to Get an A1C test and see a metabolic specialist...an Endocrinologist.
It is also associated with kidney disease and iron deficiency and more....have you seen a doctor lately? If not, please see a health professional.....don't wait because if you are diabetic you could damage nerves.
Please see a medical professional for individual advice as this is not intended as medical advice.
I can only speak from my own experience but I would say definitely YES! I'd had restless leg syndrome for years. Giving up diet soda was a huge help (and it is awful for your health anyway). My other recommendations:
- get as many preservatives, artificial colors & ingredients, and the like out of your diet (recommend going organic for dairy, as much meat as possible, and at least the 'dirty dozen' of fruits & vegetables - http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9160/12-fru its-veggies-with-the-most-pesticides-2 013-dirty-dozen.html and the 'dirty dozen' of seafood (http://livingmaxwell.com/dirty-dozen-of-f ish)
- get as many toxic ingredients, if possible, out of your personal care products - you can go to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database to see just how toxic a particular product or ingredient is...you'd be surprised...something as seemingly benign as J&J's Baby Shampoo is a 3 on a scale of 10. Many other products are much, much worse, especially those with ingredients like 'fragrance'. Netflix has a great documentary called Chemerical that you may want to watch (more on that can be fond at http://www.chemicalnation.com/content/)
- as another poster mentioned, stretching (especially right before bed time) and staying physically active does help
- a good massage therapist may be of help to you (find one who does deep tissue, myofascial release or integrative massage); I now go weekly and feel it really works wonders for me
- sometimes drinking tonic water (which has quinine seemed to lessen symptoms)
- you may want to consult with a good nutritionist to see if you have any vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
I know how awful it is to not be able to sleep because you have to stretch or move to feel comfortable. Giving up or exchanging a few things I eat , drink or use was, for me, a small price to pay for significantly better/more sleep. Good luck!
Actually, the sodium-soda connection is an urban myth. Before carbonation, they used sodium to make drinks fizzy, but modern "soda" usually has only a trace of sodium. A 12-oz diet cola will have 35-40mg of sodium. In some places, tap water naturally has that much. Compare that to 135 in 8 oz of skim milk. There are lots of reasons to reduce or eliminate diet soda, but sodium barely registers on that list.
Also, I've heard that being dehydrated can cause issues with the whole restless legs thing. If you are drinking diet soda, you might be getting too much sodium. That can lead, strangely enough, to needing more water.
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I agree with Anarie. It might be the caffeine. A cool experiment would be to try drinking caffeine-free diet soda for a while and see if the restless legs go away. Or just stop the diet soda within a couple of hours of bedtime.
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I don't know about a diet soda connection. But as someone who has RLS, I find stretching every night before bed helps a lot. If I go to bed and my legs are acting up, I get up and stretch some more. Sometimes propping my legs up on a pillow helps too. I haven't seen any correlation between my RLS and diet, but I do see a lot of change with my activity level.
There's not a direct connection, but there's definitely a connection between sleep hygiene and RL. If the diet soda has caffeine, it could be disrupting your sleep.
Quitting the diet soda has no drawbacks, so it's worth trying. It might not help your health, but it will certainly help your budget.
Whenever there's a simple thing you can do that CAN'T hurt and might help, I say do it! If you look through this forum, there are a ton of tips on how to give up soda. My favorite way involves deciding what else to do with the money you're spending on it now, and using that as a motivator.
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