Recently I was online reading about Restless Legs Syndrome at some health related message boards. I remembered that a member there named Misty800 wrote a great answer to your question. I have copied it and am posting it below for you to read. Have a great day!
**written by Misty800**
"Years ago I read about putting an unwrapped bar of soap between the sheets to help you sleep and to settle the restless legs. I just laughed and went on my merry way!
A week ago I was having trouble going to sleep and sleeping all night (mind would not shut down, restless feeling all over). I decided there was nothing to lose, so I put a bar of soap between the sheets and slept good all night. I continue to sleep with the bar of soap and have had great nights of sleep.
I have searched the internet until I am blue in the face trying to find out why/how it works. It has been a mystery for many years and continues to be a mystery.
Last week I shared this info with a friend and it is working for her too.
It does not seem to matter what brand soap is used. I used Dove brand, my friend used Lifebouy, and have read that some people use Ivory as well as other brands.
It sounds wacky, but works!! Soooo…please join me and hopefully you will reap benefits from a bar of soap too! "
I HAVE heard of it - my Mother swears by it to alleviate night time leg cramps…she does not have RLS. Her doctor told her there is no scientific evidence to back it up, but he said, "hey, if it works for you, great, it cannot hurt anything". She puts soap shavings in her little cloth footie slippers and wears them to bed.
I've also heard people say they put a bar of soap at the bottom of the bed ( near their feet ) between top and bottom sheets.
Yes! No one quite knows why or how it works but it does work quite well for some people. Not just for RLS either. People with RA or just arthritis can get some benefit from it. It won't work for everyone. It does need to be scented for some odd reason. It works for me but not for my wife. She ended up moving several bars around during the night - until I got my CPAP because I would kick her out of bed. It reduced the severity and the amount by about 2/3's.
I've never heard about the soap needing to be scented…my mom uses Dial soap and I use any NON scented soap… so curious to know why you suggest scented! Maybe just someone elses opinion that you heard about? tracy
Every night, I always have this problem, I take medication that makes me restless as well, I am up and down all night, walking, laying down, rubbing my legs all over, and even crying, it also affects my back, I take a xanax because I have Addison's Disease which causes me to shake, the xanax helps a great deal and I sleep like a baby, I am one that hates to take any kind of medication because it makes for a foggy head,I will try about anything to get a good nights sleep, I am really tired, thanks, I will try that tonight with the soap!