Restlessness is not always an easy symptom to diagnose as it can cover a wide range of conditions, such as anxiety or restless legs. Here, our PMS expert Emma Thornton takes a look at restlessness and the detrimental affect it can have on our mental wellbeing as well as how it can be relieved using natural remedies.
Restlessness is a term that may be used to describe one of the symptoms of PMS. However, it is not easy to define and may take a variety of forms, from restless legs to a restless mind, irritability and anxiety.
However restlessness affects you, it is likely to appear or become worse if you suffer from PMS. It may also affect your sleep. Unfortunately, poor sleep often increases restlessness during the day and so the vicious circle develops.
Although restlessness is not among the most commonly reported of PMS symptoms, it can be debilitating and many women long for a solution to it.
The precise cause of PMS (in general) has still to be worked out, although there is a lot of evidence that the fluctuating levels of female hormones in the two weeks before menstruation is an important factor.
Furthermore, the cause of restlessness in PMS is still more of a mystery. However, research has highlighted several triggers for restlessness.
Iron or magnesium deficiency may cause you to experience restlessness in your legs, feet or hands. You may experience irresistible urges to move your limbs, or they may feel hot or itchy. This is known as Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) as this mainly affects the legs.
You may find it difficult to drop off to sleep at night. This can occur for a number of reasons, the most common being that RLS is keeping you awake, you are worried or anxious, or you are feeling more stressed than usual and as a result are finding it difficult to switch off at night.
There are a number of ways that herbs can help you:
If your feeling of restlessness is one of a number of PMS symptoms, then treating the root of the problem with Agnus castus will be the starting point. This herb, also known as Chaste Tree or Chasteberry, has a long history of use for a variety of physical and emotional menstrual symptoms from period pains, breast tenderness and bloating, to irritability, mood swings and a feeling of being restless
The type and cause of the restlessness you experience will determine the form of treatment your doctor might suggest.
If you are feeling stressed and you have not found relief from self-help or non-prescription remedies, your doctor may suggest medication including sedatives, sleeping tablets or anti-depressants. However, these are usually seen as last resorts when other methods have not helped
If you have RLS, your doctor may prescribe a course of quinine tablets to try. This is a naturally occurring compound which may also be found in tonic water
Finally, as PMS is at the root of your symptoms, your doctor may suggest the use of hormonal treatment such as the contraceptive (birth control) pill.
Hello my name is Emma and I am a qualified nutritionist. My areas of interest include female health and weight management.
I have a passion for healthy living and a holistic approach to health. I enjoy writing for the A. Vogel website, translating my knowledge into informative pages.
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