How Do Varicose Veins Affect Your Sleep?

Woman lying in the bed and suffering from leg muscle cramps. Muscle pain or leg pain while sleeping. High quality photoMost Americans experience symptoms of venous disease. Whether you have varicose veins or spider veins, you may have noticed the skin discoloration, visible or even bulging veins, swelling, rashes, and even pain or discomfort. It’s a gradual process, so even if these symptoms haven’t become disruptive, one of the “unnoticed” side effects may be restless leg syndrome (RLS).

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) isn’t completely unnoticed. It affects more than 10% of American men and women with symptoms that include unpleasant tingling, throbbing, or pain in your legs. When you’re sitting or lying in one place for extended periods of time, you may experience the urge to move your legs, which can disrupt your sleep.

What do restless legs and varicose veins have to do with sleep?

RLS relates to varicose veins because both involve venous insufficiency and damage to your circulatory issues. With weak veins, your blood flow slows, backs up, and leads to pressure in your legs. Putting your legs and feet up can help, but the pressure is still building. That’s why you may feel the need to move your legs as you toss and turn at night. You may not fully wake up, but it still disrupts deep sleep.

If you’ve noticed that you don’t feel as rested after a full night of sleep, you may be feeling the initial effects of varicose veins and RLS. The good news is that you can mitigate and even improve many of the effects of varicose veins and RLS with a focus on exercise, healthy dietary choices, compression stockings, and other treatment options.

Next Step: Find Out How Vanishing Veins Northwest Can Help

At Vanishing Veins Northwest, we consult with you about your vein disease, with recommendations on treatment options and lifestyle changes that could help to mitigate the effects of vein disease. As you explore treatment options, we can put together a plan for the best and most affordable options for your needs.

Call us at 425-277-8346 (VEIN) to Schedule Your Appointment Vanishing Veins Northwest Today!