- Question from MBJ: I get restless leg syndrome that keeps me awake. Any suggestions to help with this?
- Answers - Helena Schotland Restless leg syndrome is an uncomfortable sensation in your legs that feels better when you move them. Restless legs can be associated with periodic limb movements of sleep, which are basically limb movements that cause someone to wake up from sleep. Restless leg syndrome occurs during the day while someone is awake. Both restless legs and/or periodic limb movements of sleep can be treated with a variety of medications. It is also important to assess whether that individual has any elements of iron-deficiency anemia, which can be associated with these disorders.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. During this evening's program we mentioned a number of medications that you may consider with your doctor. All medicines need to be reevaluated over time, as they have benefits and side effects that can affect each person uniquely. Some of these medications may only be needed for a short period of time, and other medicines may be required over the long haul. Be sure to only take medications with your own doctor's supervision. It's really not in your best interest to borrow medications from somebody else when it comes to any issue, including sleep. Going through breast cancer disrupts so many of the rhythms and rituals in your life, and change alone can take away the quality of your sleep. Whatever you can do to reestablish a routine in your life and find regular ways to relax, enjoy yourself, and find meaning will all help to recapture a healthy sleeping pattern. Good night, and get to sleep!
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Sleep Well: Healthy Habits for Good Rest featured Helena Schotland, M.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about ways to improve your sleep.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2007.
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