After nearly a year of experimenting with various options after withdrawing from pramipexole due to severe augmentation, my symptoms are now mercifully fairly controlled with 2 to 3 grams of kratom taken with agmatine sulfate at bedtime. I also take ferrous bisglycinate in the evening on an empty stomach and I have my relaxis pad for breakthrough symptoms.
However, unless I take something for it I am plagued with insomnia - so I will lie awake and alert nearly all night. Typically I was an excellent sleeper until rls took hold after the birth of my last baby nearly 15 years ago. Once I started taking pramipexole nearly 10 years ago I again slept incredibly well. Now however I am ridiculously awake, especially considering I was so tired in the daytime. As I have said in other places, I almost enjoy lying awake in bed provided I don't have the jumpy legs - I listen to audiobooks and do puzzles (which used to be a sure-fire way to get me to sleep) but I can hardly function during the day.
At breakfast I take magnesium, vit D3, B complex, Taurine, L Tyrosine, L Theonine, Krill oil and passion flower drops in the hope of making myself more alert during the day.
I also take taurine and passion flower drops in the evening and some cbd oil sublingually. I use aromatherapy oils on my wrists. I either take a long walk or lift weights most days and I have a bath with epsom salts and lavender oil most evenings. Most of these seem to help in one way or another but nothing guarantees sleep.
I have purchased some phosphatydilserene which is supposed to help turning off cortisol levels in the evening but I haven't tried it yet. The only thing that works invariably is cannabis baked into a cookie. This has been a life-saver for me but I am not a recreational drug user and am not very happy about taking it when it is illegal. Also, I am concerned that it can build up in the body and may ultimately cause other unlooked for problems. Ideally I would like to have something to alternate with it at least but so far nothing works.
I am aware that many consider that insomnia is yet another symptom of rls and that certainly accords with my own experience but what does anyone else do or take for it?