I have read many descriptions of what Restless Leg Syndrome feels like. I have yet to come across one that accurately describes the sensation. It could be that it’s indescribable, but let me try. Imagine it’s around 10pm and you’re watching ‘Game Of Thrones’ or ‘House Of Cards’ or (fill in blank with favorite show). You feel a pulling twinge in your foot. You suddenly become ‘aware’ of your leg and think, “Oh, no. No! If I ignore it, it will go away. I just won’t think about it!” But your ‘in’ and now begins the 20-30 minute session of having to move that leg (bounce it on the ball of your foot/extend the leg repeatedly in and out/make circles round and round with your feet), anything to stop the maddening compulsion of having to move your leg. If you’ve never experienced this, it’s hard to understand the impossibility of just not moving your leg. Believe us, we’ve tried that, like every single time it’s happened. No go. We HAVE to move that leg. Finally it goes away. Relief! Until around 2am. It’s happening again, only this time it wakes you up and you repeat the cycle. Then again at 4am, and at 6am. Do you see now why it’s considered a ‘sleep disorder’?
A 2008 study concluded that 64% of people with fibromyalgia also experience RLS. Why?…Who knows? Both Fibromyalgia and RLS are neurological disorders and may have common links in the central nervous system. Unfortunately one condition exacerbates the other due to the sleep disruption it causes.
A peek into what goes on inside my legs every night!
Because bananas are high in potassium, they are a common remedy for leg cramps. I have read a few articles with people claiming bananas helped their RLS. Hmmm….well, ….can’t hurt!
~Honey Sweetened Banana Bread~ adapted from Cookie & Kate
~1/3 cup coconut oil
~1/2 cup raw, organic honey
~approx. 4-5 med very ripe bananas, mashed
~1 tsp vanilla
~1/2 tsp salt
~1 3/4 cup flour, or GF flour
~1 tsp baking soda
~1/4 cup hot water
~any chopped nuts of choice
Combine oil, honey, eggs, bananas, vanilla until well mixed. Add flour, salt, and nuts; fold in until just incorporated (NEVER over mix once flour is in, bread will be tough). In separate bowl combine soda and water and add to mixture. Gently stir in. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 min or until toothpick comes out clean.