Restless legs syndrome, summmer heat, and too little of an important thing–salt

July 28, 2012

It is summer time and the heat is overwhelming. Here I am with my niece and granddaughter at the Springfield, Missouri zoo. And we are…hot!

It was so hot going across the midwest to get to our family reunion that the rubber gasket that frames our windshield…melted!

Still, when I returned, it was cooler… 90s instead of 108. I got back to my garden trying to be sure that it would survive the heat and I would have tomatoes and peppers. So for three days in a row, I worked half a dozen hours in the morning and late afternoon. And then I ran out of steam. I drank a lot of water while working outdoors but it still felt like I was dehydrated. Alas, I was. Because I skimp on salt and had been sweating like crazy.

So, I bought a bag of my favorite only eat them at times like this snack chip–FRITOS. And I got some salt back in my system. It helped with muscle contractions, energy, and my restless legs at night. 


Restless Leg Syndrome

Low levels of sodium are also linked to muscle contractions related to the medical disorder known as restless leg syndrome, according to One method of dealing with sodium’s role in this medical condition is making sure the ambient air temperature is comfortable enough to keep you from sweating during the night which causes you to lose sodium. Sodium supplements to treat muscle contractions causing restless leg syndrome should only be considered if your natural intake of sodium is low” []. Phewwwwww.

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One Response to “Restless legs syndrome, summmer heat, and too little of an important thing–salt”

  1. David Wimble says:

    Inflammation is believed to be a key factor when it comes to Restless Legs Syndrome. A new study was published in the January 14, 2012 issue of “Sleep Medicine Review Journal” that supports this theory. You can read that study here:

    You can view the results of other related scientific studies and learn about some helpful solutions at this free RLS information website:

    A blog for RLS sufferers with helpful tips can be found here:

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