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What is Restlessness?restlessness hand and fingers tapping

Restlessness (neurasthenia) is a condition in which one is unable to sit still and feels as if they must keep moving. Persons who become restless may often have trouble concentrating or focusing. Restlessness may also produce symptoms of nervousness, shaking, agitation and feeling irritated. Being restless can often make it difficult to sleep.

Restlessness is commonly caused by an overstimulation of activity in the brain but may also result from confusion and lack of activity in the brain. The following conditions may cause one to become restless:

  • nervousness or anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, panic attacks
  • episodes of mania
  • sleeping problems
  • hyperthyroidism
  • hyperactivity or attention deficit disorders (ADD)
  • drug interactions or an amphetamine overdose

Certain medications may be sources of restlessness, this includes pain relievers, tobacco products, nasal decongestants, oral contraceptives (birth control), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIS), anticongestants, alcohol and caffeine, medicines for controlling blood pressure, beta agonists, cholesterol lowering agents, diuretics, appetite suppressants, seizure-preventing drugs, quinolone and more.

How is Restlessness Treated?

Restlessness may be treated through maintaining a healthy lifestyle with adequate exercise, nutrition and sleep. Patients may need to practice relaxation techniques. Be sure to know the underlying cause of restlessness, this condition can be caused by serious health problems that should be treated immediately to reduce restlessness. Your doctor may prescribe calming agents or may instruct you to avoid caffeine or alcohol in your diet.