I have been suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome for many years now. I have tried all the nutritional remedies that I could find such as taking extra iron, magnesium, GABA, etc. However, the one thing that helped was a complete surprise: candy.
Candy, of course, is no medicine. However, if you maintain a calorie-deficit to burn fat like I do, you might try eating some extra calories to see if it relieves your RLS.
I stumbled on this one day when I ate a large PayDay candy bar (440 calories) for dinner. I wasn’t expecting it to do anything, so my body’s response wasn’t psycho-somatic. But to my surprise, I slept very well that night. I made a note, and went back to my usual diet.
Months later, it happened again; this time while eating 14 “fun sized” Nestle Crunch Bars, 2 or 3 at a time, overnight, for a total of 910 calories. And months after that, my RLS was relieved by eating chocolate frosting straight from the can!
So, I think it’s safe to say that RLS and low blood sugar are closely related, if not the same thing.
Not wanting to give up my fat-burning goals, I have developed a method to keep my blood sugar steady while continuing to maintain a calorie-deficit: each time my RLS wakes me up at night, I eat one sugar cube, which is 15 calories. This works because your brain will stay happy with only a tiny amount of circulating glucose (4 grams), and sugar is rapidly absorbed.
You can also keep your blood sugar steady with a low-carb diet, though that will sap your energy if, like me, you are exercising strenuously to burn fat.