Health and Wellness

Magnesium for Restless Legs ????

By Clementine Beale | Published the 06th Jul 2018

Ever experienced restless leg syndrome before? No? Well, count yourself lucky! If you’re one of the unlucky ones, you’ll know how frustrating and energy-sapping it can be. Whether it’s a regular thing for you or just a once-every-now-and-then kind of deal, it pays to have strategies in place when it strikes. Sit tight while we give you the lowdown on restless leg syndrome (RLS), as well as some of the reasons to try using magnesium for restless legs

If you’ve had RLS before you’ll know that late night feeling of needing to move your legs. You can thank your brain for that. Yup, RLS is a neurological disorder, and it plays out in different ways for different people. 

Most people feel a range of odd sensations in their calves, but some people can experience pain as well. There’s a bit of relief to be had by moving your legs around but, let’s face it, it’s no fun thrashing around in your bed like a crazy person at 2 in the morning. (Especially if there’s someone sleeping right next to you!) And with all that exercise you’re doing, you’re probably waking up exhausted, grumpy and ready to seriously injure the next person who asks you how you slept. ????

So yeah, RLS can be a real buzzkill. And while there’s no magic remedy, we do have a few helpful suggestions:

  • Up your sleep quota – While RLS might be the thing that’s keeping you up in the first place, the symptoms can be worse when you’re already sleep-deprived. The take-home? Try your best to get a good night’s sleep when you can.

  • Curb the caffeine – Unfortunately, this one’s pretty high up on the list of tips and tricks (as is cutting back on alcohol). It sucks but, hey, if it helps ease the symptoms of RLS, it might be worth ditching that fifth afternoon macchiato.

  • Check your iron levels – This is something that’s worth doing if you’re feeling lacklustre in general, but there also seems to be a connection between low levels of iron and RLS. Ask to have your levels checked next time you see your GP.

  • Stretch it out – Some people find relief from RLS by giving their legs a good stretch, as well as a bit of a massage, before bed.

  • Hit the tub – A hot bath before bed can help reduce RLS symptoms by relaxing your muscles (not to mention, you!). 

  • Oh, and there’s the magnesium link, too. And that gets the team here at Salt Lab pretty excited! Research has shown a link between magnesium deficiency and RLS. Again, no one knows exactly why it helps to use magnesium for restless legs, but it might be because magnesium helps to prevent the abnormal activity of the nervous system and relaxes your muscles (which in turn, can help combat those RLS woes). 

    So, what are you waiting for? Try Salt Lab’s luxurious magnesium spray today. It’s highly-concentrated, absorbed into the skin super-fast, and you can apply it to the spots that need it most, like your legs, or stomach. Need we say more? ????