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I would like to mention how RLS has impacted on my life and the life changes I've had to make to cope. These changes do help a little and I hope may help others. Because of a lack of sleep and the resultant sleep depravation, I've found that there are times that I'm just so tired that I find it difficult to motivate myself. My GP recently increased my doseage of Venlafaxin which seems to have made some improvement. To overcome my sleep depravation, I find I have to attempt to sleep at any time of the day or night. Generally, I may get only about 10-15 minutes. I don't always sleep but just rest. Sometimes however, I do sleep. Possibly for about an hour. These cat naps do seem to help. I busy myself doing something, which is what we RLS sufferes have to do, and then try to rest. Then I busy myself again and then rest. I find that eventually I manage to overcome my tiredness to a more manageable level. This behavoiur prevails 24 hours, day and night. I take 4 Pramapexole at around 5 in the evening which helps me through the evening when I don't need so many cat naps. I never sleep entirely through the night. I've had to come to accept the fact that I suffer RLS and that It will impact on the remainder of my life. There is nothing I can do about it so I have to accept it. The above coping mechanism seems to work to some extent and I hope may help others. I'm 65 and live alone but I would imagine that this coping mechanism may be difficult for people you live with to accept as they would probably have to keep qiuiet whilst you try to sleep. Anyway. I hope this is of some help to someone.
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