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How Do You Sleep With Varicose Veins

How Do You Sleep With Varicose Veins

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


Varicose veins have been associated with a number of symptoms that can affect your daily life on a regular basis. Many of these common symptoms of vein disease include: leg swelling or cramps, pain, skin discoloration and rashes near the ankles, and of course large bulging veins. The trouble with many of these symptoms, much like the disease itself, is that the onset of the symptoms are gradual as the disease progresses. Therefore, many people often do not always associate varicose veins as the cause for the discomfort and pain.

One common symptom of vein disease that often goes unnoticed is actually restless legs - and Restless Leg Syndrome. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is extremely common, affecting more than 10 percent of the entire US population and is a frequently characterized by leg throbbing or pulling, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs. These symptoms can also include an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming, urge to move your legs, particularly when stationary for long periods of time. Symptoms of RLS occur primarily at night when a person is relaxing or resting with increasing severity as the night goes on. 

How are varicose veins and restless legs associated you may ask? 

Well, if one were to simply look at the similarities in symptoms as well as gender predisposition, varicose veins and RLS would fall right in line. However, taking it a step further, varicose veins are caused by insufficiency in the circulatory system creating pressure in the lower regions of the body due to poor or damaged circulation.

The vein and muscles around the vein acts as a pump to circulate blood to the heart. When your veins become damaged, the pump stops working well and slows the blood flow causing pressure to build. The pressure build up from varicose veins is what causes the veins to eventually bulge and protrude from the surface of the skin. Sleeping can help "put your feet up" for a bit and reduce the swelling a bit, but the pressure even if lessened is still present.

The longer the body goes without moving the blood around in the lower regions the more pressure and eventually pain increases in these regions which can cause you to move around (toss and turn) at night. Even if you do not fully wake, if your legs ache and are swollen these symptoms can often breaks the deep sleep patterns needed to recharge and keeps you up at night.

The good news is, however, that treatment of varicose veins is a very common and relatively quick out-patient procedure. Often covered by insurance, with recovery occurring immediately - meaning you can get treated and get a better nights sleep the same day.

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