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Why Memory Foam Beds May Help with RLS

Updated on October 27, 2009

One of the most misunderstood sleep-related illnesses today is Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), a neurological disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move the legs. It is often accompanied by the feeling of "pulling" in the legs, as well. These symptoms can become worse when resting or being stationary for long periods of time. Onset RLS occurs mostly while sleeping, which of course leads to interrupted sleep patterns and can be a major cause of clinical sleep deprivation. It is a common problem, but unfortunately it is rarely addressed in the popular sphere.

RLS affects millions of people worldwide every night
RLS affects millions of people worldwide every night

Trials have shown that RLS symptoms may be alleviated with the use of memory foam support, or by sleeping on quality memory foam beds. If you question whether or not you have RLS, there are ways to find out. Restless Legs Syndrome is usually diagnosed as having an irresistible need to move ones legs, particularly at bedtime. This need to move is usually accompanied with an uncomfortable sensation, a sort of musculoskeletal "pulling" and sometimes a tingling sensation. People with RLS describe the feeling as "tingling," "twitching," and even "tugging" on the legs. These symptoms seem to be exacerbated when resting or sleeping, though it's not entirely understood why.

The more you rest, the more the symptoms will occur and the worse they will be. Moving the legs can bring temporary relief to the RLS symptoms. The relief will continue as long as the movement continues, but of course, this movement will also interfere with your sleep. It's like a terrible itch that you simply need to scratch.

Unfortunately, a large part of the American population suffers from this illness. Although a lot is unknown and even some Doctors discount the validity of this illness, it is still very real and causes discomfort and sleep deprivation. However, there are some ways to help relieve the symptoms that are associated with RLS.

There are some medications that relieve the symptoms of RLS, but with all medications there are side effects. There are less invasive ways to assist with RLS, such as going on a diet high in calcium, iron, and folic acid as well as getting regular exercise and adhering to a strict sleeping schedule. What you are sleeping on can also be a major factor in finding relief. Inner spring mattresses do not properly support the body and cause pressure points to flare up and cause aches and pains. With RLS, this can actually cause more problems and it is recommended to have a mattress that eliminates pressure points. Good quality memory foam beds can be the best answer to this. Memory foam mattresses form to the body's natural curves and eliminate irritating pressure points, thus helping the body rest more comfortably. Memory foam is also proven to help relieve the pain associated with several prominent chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

a memory foam mattress can alleviate sub-clinical RLS symptoms, as can a healthy diet, ample exercise, and therapeutic massage therapy.
a memory foam mattress can alleviate sub-clinical RLS symptoms, as can a healthy diet, ample exercise, and therapeutic massage therapy.

Memory foam beds not only are good for health reasons they are durable and last a lot longer than an inner spring mattress. Foam beds allow the shoulder and pelvis to remain in proper alignment with the spine. Also, due to the fact that memory foam has all of these qualities. They assist with getting a restful night's sleep and waking up without the pain and discomfort associated with inner spring mattresses.

When it comes to RLS, quality foam beds can help release the pressure points. Foam beds will also contour to the specific body style. With all the discomfort that comes with any chronic illness, foam beds as well as a good diet and exercise can bring relief without having to be on drugs that may have side effects.


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