In today’s world a person’s lifestyle has a great bearing on all aspects of their life. Hectic pace, abnormal work hours and tight deadlines play havoc on an individual’s health. Stress, which is a byproduct of such a lifestyle, is one of the major contributors to RLS. It has been observed that changes in lifestyle can go a long way in not only alleviating the symptoms of RLS but also in increasing general well being of an individual.
The most important aspect of lifestyle that a patient of RLS shall immediately attend to is their sleep. Following a regular sleep routine such as retiring to bed at same time in the evening and getting up at regular time in the morning can reduce the night time disruptions to a great extent. In some cases the patients can also get relief by delaying their sleep cycle i.e. by getting up late in the morning.
Another crucial factor contributing to RLS is the intake of alcohol, caffeine and tobacco based products. The patients of RLS will do well to completely avoid these substances but in any case their amount shall be reduced to as little as possible. Other sedatives and certain drugs such as anti-nausea, anti-depressants, neuroleptics etc. should also be avoided as these aggravate the problem. In fact a person suffering from this syndrome must be especially careful about the diet which should include lots of vitamins and minerals. The symptoms seem to be more pronounced during periods of inactivity and relaxation.
Thus patients of this syndrome should keep themselves busy and mentally engaged. Concentration on some task can provide temporarily relief and may be a person’s only option during meetings or while travelling. It is also good to follow some sort of exercise routine which will keep the patient healthy as well provide long term relief from this problem.