by Bradley Gillespie, PharmD
Air travelers seem to come in two varieties: those that jump straight into their seats, close their eyes and begin snoring before the beverage cart arrives, and those that look uncomfortable from the moment they set foot on the plane. A subset of the latter group is those who suffer from Restless Legs (RLS). These are the folks that dread the trip, squirm repeatedly look at their watch and cannot sleep even a wink. In these cases, a quick trip between New York and Boston might feel more like a transatlantic flight.
While RLS typically shows up at bedtime, the stressors of air travel are also known to trigger that uncontrollable urge to kick. While there is no cure for RLS, there are things that you can do to ensure a more comfortable flight experience. Some medications, especially antihistamines and anti-nausea pills should be avoided, as they are known to worsen the condition. Stretching and movement whenever possible during the flight may be beneficial.
The cornerstone to more comfortable travel may well be the proper use of Calm Legs. Calm Legs is made in the USA with natural ingredients. Numerous human clinical studies have shown that the active ingredients in the Calm Legs formula can dramatically reduce symptoms of RLS.
In addition, there are many strategies that can be employed to work alongside Calm Legs to improve your travel experience. For example, as most air travelers know, not all airline seats are created equal. With this in mind, consider both the airline as well as the seat location when booking travel. In many cases, aisle seats work out better for patients with RLS. This will reduce your feelings of entrapment and make it easier for you to get up and stretch. Airlines with robust entertainment offerings can also provide you with diversions to help take your focus off your symptoms, or you can bring your own electronic entertainment along.
In summary, in order to have a more enjoyable flight experience, take Calm Legs, and do all that you can to supplement the effects of the product. You will arrive at your destination in a calmer, more rested state. Additionally, your seatmates will appreciate your efforts.
Restless Legs sufferer Bradley Gillespie, PharmD, is trained as a clinical pharmacist and has practiced in an industrial setting for the past 20-plus years. Currently, he supports efforts at the National Institutes of Health to develop therapeutics for rare and neglected diseases. He remains a registered pharmacist and operates a medical writing business.