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    What is the best treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome?

    I think i have restless leg syndrome and wondering what treatment is available for it? I'd like to look into non medication options and lifestyle changes to help improve my condition.
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    Dr David Cunnington

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Specialist sleep physician delivering a high standard of clinical care to clients with complex sleep problems and promoting sleep health through research, education and advocacy. … View Profile

    There are a range of treatments available, both medication-based and non-medication options. Restless legs symptoms can be made worse by iron deficiency, caffeine, nictoine and alcohol. So it is important to minimise intake of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Restless legs symptoms are also made worse by immobility, so movement such as walking or pacing and massaging the limbs can be helpful. It is important to discuss restless legs symptoms with your general practitioner (GP) as medical conditions, such as iron deficiency or anaemia can cause restless legs symptoms. 

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    The Sleep Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of ‘valuing sleep’ as part of a healthy lifestyle alongside regular exercise, a … View Profile

    Check out the fact sheet on Restless Leg Syndrome on the Sleep Health Foundation website here for more information.

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