More and more people are discovering they suffer from a condition which is more common than originally thought: Restless Leg Syndrome (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001810/).
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is described as a strong urge to move your legs repeatedly. Some sufferers describe it as uneasiness felt deep inside the legs, and the need to move them is overwhelming. Others feel a burning, itching, tingling sensation in their legs, which is also temporarily relieved by movement.
A newer condition identified as associated with RLS is PLMS—Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep. When you’re asleep, the tendency is to leave your limbs in the same position for extended periods. Legs on an RLS sufferer don’t like this extended rest, which leads to waking up for leg movement. This results in difficulty going back to sleep. Some lose as much as three hours sleep time per night, experiencing fatigue during the day, and difficulty with depression.
One way discovered to combat RLS is regular hot tub soaking. Stimulating blood flow to the legs with the combination of hot water and hydromassage (http://www.youtube.com/user/HotSpringSpasVideos#p/u/6/RveQ3SIWlzg) decreases the onslaught of RLS symptoms. By soaking about 30-45 minutes before bed, you will allow your body to combat the need for excessive leg movement during sleep, resulting in added sleep time.
Walking, bicycling, stretching and leg massage also help relieve RLS symptoms.
You can read more about Restless Leg Syndrome at the American Academy of Sleep Education’s Sleep Education page, or by visiting the RLS Foundation (http://www.rls.org/).