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Do you walk in your sleep without getting out of bed?

It is estimated that about 5 percent of people over 65 years of age have restless leg syndrome, which either makes it difficult to fall asleep or awakens them from a sound sleep. The problem is characterized by creepy, crawly sensations in the leg muscles, relieved only by moving the legs.

Researchers at the University of Dallas, Texas, reported in Geriatrics last March that a number of medications are useful in treating the condition. The most successful has been bromocriptine mesylate (Parlodel) on a long-term basis. Another useful one is Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet CR). Opiates are also useful, but only as a last resort.

They also recommended such simple changes in lifestyle as avoiding exercise within three hours of bedtime and refraining from the use of caffeine and decongestants.

Whether troubled by restless leg syndrome or not, one can improve one's sleep by:

-Resisting the temptation to take naps

-Going to bed and getting up at regular hours

--Exercising regularly, but confining it to the earlier hours of the day

---Neither going to bed hungry nor eating a heavy meal shortly before bedtime

--Sleeping in a quiet, cool bedroom in a comfortable bed

Winding down and relaxing before going to bed

--Not mulling over one's problems in bed. Pleasant dreams
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Title Annotation:restless leg syndrome
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Dec 1, 1992
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