Breathing Through Restless Legs

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I find myself reflecting at this time of year on all those things that I am thankful for; such as family and good health. Even though RLS can effect our lives dramatically, so many others have much worse circumstances to deal with that I am glad my worst health trial is only RLS.

I am also grateful for the ability to breathe deeply. I had asthma as a child and sometimes taking a single breath was an excruciating exerience. I remember the panic of not being able to take a deep breath and feeling as if I was going to suffocate. Sometimes those feelings of panic return when I think I am not going to be able to sleep through the night again for the millionth time, and as the panic sets in I begin to breathe much more shallow and I feel that tightness around my chest. That sets me thinking. Poor circulation has been associated with RLS, not only in making it worse but as a possibly cause. Circulation is increased when the blood is high in oxygen and there are no restrictions. Could the answer to helping our RLS be as simple as our ability to breathe deeply? Think about it for a minute. Panic, stress and pain have never helped anyone to breathe deeply quite the contrary and the more shallow we breathe the less oxygen is absorbed by the blood stream, thus decreasing the quality of our blood and it’s ability to deliver the nutrients to the major organs of the body let alone our extremities. Maybe what we need to do is breathe through the pain with long slow deep breaths over and over again. If nothing seems to change right away, I will bet you notice less stress. You might find you can think more clearly. Your heart will thank you and you might even improve the antioxidant status in your blood. Seems a win win situation to me and  you just might find yourself sleeping more peacefully through the night.

Just an interesting idea, that might be worth trying.


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