I have RLS and take Ropinorole p.m. Sometimes this helps a little, sometimes I pace the floor at night because my legs and feet are 'kicking off', friends cannot believe it when they see my legs, feet and toes twitching. Having researched quite a bit, i know that insomnia can sometimes be linked to RLS. I have always had a problem sleeping so this makes sense. Also I am frequently anaemic so the ferrutin levels affecting RLS makes sense too (I regularly take prescribed iron supplements) I am told that drinking alcohol can affect RLS - it makes no difference to me although I only ever drink a couple of glasses of wine or rum and coca cola. Exercise makes no difference either - I can play sports, swim, hike miles or other sports and I still suffer terribly that night.
RLS seems to be totally indiscriminate. We need more expertise in the UK in this area. The neurologist I was sent to see did not seem to have an in-depth knowledge of RLS and I had to research it myself. I have tried so many non-medical so-called cures, but was forced to surrender to Ropinorole in the end and, luckily, at the moment it is easing the level of symptoms most of the time. I know from comments posted that this will not last but as I always say to my daughters, "It could be worse", at least I have legs!