Like many of you fellow sufferers on this forum sometimes I try to be positive and think that I will go online and research RLS and I pray for the day when we can all get some relief and have a 'normal' sleep pattern, if indeed that even exists. Anyway I was thinking one night when I was pacing downstairs, not able to sit, lie or stand still for long about some nights when the RLS is particularly bad and if I have managed to sleep for a while when I wake the first thing I feel are my legs (very often one or the other leg) and secondly how hungry I am. At that time of the night and when you are at your wits end, it is easy to go to the kitchen and try to get some comfort from food. For me it is usually a short, sharp fix like crisps - salty food. So one night I was researching parts of the brain responsible for sleep and found that the part is the brain for this is the HYPOTHALAMUS which is also responsible for hunger, thirst, mood, sex, emotions and hormones. Sometimes the hormones become a little mixed up and sleep deprivation can be another factor for this, and your body releases a hormone called Ghrelin. So looking into this and reading further the most people when feeling like this reach for salty or sugary food.
I have often been made to feel so guilty and lacking will power from doctors and nurses who suggest I snack on a stick of celery when I am feeling like this and I know by that statement that they think I am just making excuses for night bingeing.
So I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this side of RLS which can cause weight gain, giving us another problem to battle with. Also I am taking Ropinirole and I understand a side effect can be weight gain.