I have noticed that my somewhat severe RLS seems to worsen if I consume alcohol in excess for a few nights in a row. Why do I drink alcohol? Oh yeah... because it helps me deal with STRESS. THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO RESTLESS LEGS IS STRESS! For people with RLS, if you are trying to relax, rather than have a drink before bed, instead do 1 of 5 things. Either throw on some running gear and run through the streets of your neighborhood like the village idiot until you simply cannot run anymore. Another great easy to do remedy which can be used in combination with other remedies is a nice hot 10 minute long leg/calf/foot bath or even just a long hot shower. My RLS is/was so bad that I was prescribed a high dose of Klonopin to take at bedtime as well as Halcion (both of these meds are benzodiazepines so they act as a depressant on the central nervous system.) For severe RLS, they work quite well however they both carry the danger of becoming dependent and unfortunately lose their effectiveness as tolerance develops over time making these drugs A good choice but ONLY AS A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION!!! PLEASE DO NOT START TAKING BENZODIAZEPINES FOR RLS UNLESS YOU ARE COMPLETELY UNABLE TO SLEEP FOR QUITE A FEW DAYS IN A ROW AND NOTHING ELSE IS EFFECTIVE. ONE LAST THING TO NOTE ABOUT BENZOS IS THAT IT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUSD IF ABRUPT CESSATION OCCURS (ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ON THEM FOR A WHILE.) PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR WHO WILL MOST LIKELY TAPER YOU OFF OF BENZOS BECAUSE THERE IS A RISK OF SEIZURE AND EVEN DEATH IF YOU TRY TO GO COLD TURKEY. I got tired of taking pharmys all the time so I continued the search for a cure to my flailing legs and arms. One night while battling a pretty bad case of RLS I decided to use a small amount of marijuana (look for a strain with a very high indica to sativa ratio.) I happen to have a medicinal license so it is legal for me but it really helped.
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