Restless behavior can take different forms, including pacing, fidgeting, sundowning, and agitation.
Common symptoms include:
- problems with focusing or managing time;
- tapping of feet or hands;
- unpleasant sensations in the arms or legs when lying down.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Partial obstruction of the upper airway is the most common form of sleep apnea.
If you’re feeling restless at night, OSA may be to blame.
Also, untreated sleep apnea can limit the flow of oxygen to your organs and may even cause irregular heart palpitations.
Note – it is more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea if you’re overweight or obese.
Certain medications have a potent stimulant effect and may cause restlessness.
- levothyroxine (used to treat thyroid hormone deficiency);
- older antihistamines, like diphenhydramine (Benadryl);
- tramadol (an opioid pain medication which is used to help relieve moderate to moderately severe pain; sold under the brand name Ultram among others);
- lithium (used for mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia);
- antinausea drugs, like prochlorperazine (Compro) or metoclopramide (Reglan);
- tricyclic antidepressants, like amoxapine (Asendin) or amitriptyline (Elavil);
- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), like – sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), or escitalopram (Lexapro);
- antipsychotic drugs, like olanzapine (Zyprexa) or haloperidol (Haldol).
Note – stopping the use of certain sedative medications, like – benzodiazepines, may cause restlessness.
Hyperactivity is a state of being abnormally or unusually active.
Most of us can become hyperactive due to some medical conditions or due to the usage of stimulants too.
Restless Leg Syndrome
It is one of the conditions you could suffer from if you are constantly restless.
Restless legs syndrome is a condition of the nervous system which causes an irresistible urge to move the legs.
RLS may affect as many as one in 10 people in the United States. Also, the condition occurs in both females and males, but females are more likely to have it than males.
Usually, in RLS, individuals move their legs because they feel a tingling in the legs, which reduces when moved.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
It is an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive and often irrational worry, which is apprehensive expectation about activities or events.
Anxiety disorders affect over 40 million adults in the US. In addition, an estimated 32 percent of the United States adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time during their lives.
Moreover, anxiety disorders cost the United States economy around $43 billion a year.
Individuals who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder experience signs and symptoms which include being easily fatigued, restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty sleeping.
Excessive caffeine (found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, some medicines, sodas, weight loss supplements, and some teas) intake is one of the most common causes of restlessness.
Other causes of restlessness include:
- uremia (kidney failure causing the build-up of toxins within the body);
- Sjögren’s syndrome;
- rheumatoid arthritis;
- damage to the spinal nerves;
- Lyme disease (caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi);
- amyloidosis (a group of diseases in which abnormal protein builds up in tissue);
- severe kidney disease (especially if dialysis is required);
- vitamin B-12 deficiency;
- magnesium deficiency.
Spiritual Meaning of Restlessness
Restlessness is an indication of excessive tension. It can be caused by the existence of an excessive ambition and/or an acute desire for perfection.
Another common cause of restlessness is the permanent concern.
The mistake is that you pay too much attention to the rational part of your mind for too long.
Find your balance by becoming aware of what is happening inside you and by following your intuition.
Let things run smoothly without judging them. This will weaken the tension and create space for peace, love, and joy.
”I acknowledge that the only constant in life is change and I am prepared for it.”
”I know what I value and place my energy there instead of on restlessness.
”I love myself deeply and unconditionally.”
”I choose to fill my mind with positive, nurturing, and healing thoughts.”
”Every breath I inhale calms me and every breath I exhale takes away tension.”
”All is well in my world and I am safe.”
”At this moment, I choose to release the past and look forward to the good that awaits me.”
”I’m in charge of my breathing, and I can slow it down.”