Daniel 6:18 – Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brough to him. And he could not sleep.
You finally get into bed looking forward to a good night’s sleep. It had been a busy day, and so you let your mind drift towards sleep.
But then you’re wide awake. “What is going on?” you wonder.
Then your legs feel like they want to move and so you begin to move them hoping to stop the pattern of restlessness. You sit up in bed and start messaging your legs. You lay back down thinking it was just muscle cramps, when they start to move again. No matter how you try to relax and go to sleep, there’s no going to sleep. Sometimes your legs begin to move even during the day.
What is going on?
Restless Leg Syndrome.
Restless leg syndrome also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, according to mayoclinic.org in their article, “Restless Leg Syndrome,” is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation. It typically happens in the evenings or nighttime hours when you’re sitting or lying down. Moving eases the unpleasant feeling temporarily.
The sensations can include: crawling, creeping, pulling, throbbing, aching, itching, or electric.
There are a variety of medications for Restless Leg mentioned in the article above. Some home remedies include baths and massages, applying warm or cool packs, establishing good sleep hygiene, exercise, avoiding caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, massaging your legs while soaking in warm water and using a foot wrap.
Restless leg is a difficult sensation to live with. But with the suggestions above, you may find a way to relieve your sensations. Still, you my need to see your doctor to help you catch a break when your legs have a mind of their own.
No matter who you are, even if you were the king mentioned in the Bible verse above, sometimes there just isn’t any sleep. Ask God to ease your mind and the sensations your legs are experiencing. God knows you’re struggling and will guide you in finding a way of relief.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.