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Soap Under the Sheets for RLS, Leg Cramps

The old home remedy of a bar of soap under the sheets for nighttime leg cramps may also give some sufferers of RLS relief.
Bar soap, nighttime leg cramps, restless legs syndrome

There is now a prescription drug (Requip) to treat RLS (restless leg syndrome). The only problem is that some people fall asleep during the day. This could be risky if they are behind the wheel. As far as we can tell, there are no side effects to putting soap under the bottom sheet.

Q. Several months ago I went to my neurologist for my yearly physical and told him about a problem I had with my legs “jumping” at night and waking me up. He gave me the technical name for it and wrote me a prescription for Mirapex. I then told him I had read in your column about putting a bar of soap in the bed, so he told me to try the soap and fill the prescription if it didn’t work. I still have the unfilled prescription sitting on my bathroom vanity. When we went on a trip to Yellowstone, I took my soap along and slept fine every night we were gone.

A. This home remedy mystifies us, but we have heard from many readers like you. The risk of unwrapping a fresh bar of soap and putting it under the bottom sheet where the legs will be is almost zero. The cost is far less than a prescription. Positive responses from other readers experimenting with Ivory soap remedy:

“A while back I wrote to complain that the bar of soap under the bottom sheet quit working for my restless legs. (It was great at first.) Then I got to thinking, it worked before, so why not now? That bar of soap had been there for six months, so I replaced it. The result: no more restless legs. A few times that I had symptoms, I put my feet on the soap and the sensations went away in about two minutes.

 “My husband was having severe leg cramps at night. Without telling him, I placed a soap bar under his sheets for two nights before he noticed. It worked! He’s had no more cramps. We still can’t believe it! “

“I have had severe leg cramps for years. When I read about putting a bar of soap in bed, I got a bar of Ivory and put it under the bottom sheet near my legs. It’s been a month since I did that, and I have not had one leg cramp.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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I have been using dial soap under my sheets for several years. A lady friend first told me and I felt like rolling my eyes but was desperate. Having leg cramps and walking the floor at night. Every time I change my sheets I take a knife and shave off the outside of the bar to reactivate the fragrance. Bar lasts a lot longer. Use the shavings on my outside plants in the summer. Keeps bugs off them. A win win.

I tried it for one night, I was up every hour to pee. Never had anything like that happen before. I blame to soap

Awesome, Works Great!!!

This I just heard about and will try this week I also have restless leg and muscle spasms. Praying it works God Bless

Have you ever heard of a treatment for restless leg syndrome for other times, like on planes ?

I wish I knew of something to use on red-eye flights, especially to Europe. The last one my knees felt like they were being squeezed by a vise and alternated with the sensation that my knee caps were being ripped off. As soon as morning came I was fine. Return daytime flight pose no problem.
Once a year I have acupuncture for my restless and it helps a lot. Now I have only a few bad nights a year as opposed to almost nightly, but it still offers no help on the plane.

It just works GREAT!!

Any specific kind of soap? Thanks!

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I have suffered severe cramps in my legs for over 30 years. Being allergic to Quinine, I thought there was no relief for me but to suffer & pace the floor each night. After being told about the soap in the bed, I didn’t hesitate to try it no matter how bazaar. I’m using a plain old Oatmeal soap under the bottom fitted sheet. I have it placed between my knees & ankles. Been using it now for 3 months & not 1 cramp. I have been told if it stops working, just replace the soap.

I have used all the drugs recommended for RLS. I have had it all my life and I am 68. None of the drugs have helped. I had a side effect of going to sleep during the day – teaching, driving, very embarrassing and very dangerous.

I have tried every cure I can find but nothing helps much. Eating pickles helped some. I drank tonic water. Couldn’t choke down the mustard. Tonight I will be trying the soap cure. Really excited to maybe get some relief. Any other cures you know of I would like to hear about. My son is a chiropractor and has RLS. We are collecting cures to try to find a common thread.

Had suffered with RLS for years on and off. Would go a few weeks or months w/o symptoms but it always came back and lasted days or weeks. When it returned, it was like torture. Definitely knew I wanted no part of a prescription drug for it. Tried creams, herbal supplements etc. Nothing worked. A friend told me about the bar of soap under the sheet and I tried it. It has been several months and NO SYMPTOMS at all. I didn’t even unwrap it!!!

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