I have tried l-theanine in the past but I didn’t notice much of an effect so I discontinued it. But in hind sight I might have misjudged it because I was taking it when I felt fine.
The other day I had some anxiety and some really uncomfortable agitation from lack of sleep, it happens quite often, I usually just suffer through until I take my sleeping pills and fall to sleep. A couple days ago it was worse than normal and started earlier in the day than usual. i could feel it in my body but really intensely in my thighs, it made sitting still difficult, I was desperate for relief and didn’t know what to do, while benzos work I didn’t want to take one because I don’t want to mix benzos in the afternoon then z-drugs later that night.
I had some l-theanine on my dresser and it says on it “Helps to temporarily promote relaxation”, so I thought what the hell I’ll try the l-theanine again, so I took 100mg of l-theanine and within 45 minutes felt a hell of a lot better. The agitation and anxiety faded away, there was some residual agitation feeling in my thighs that kinda felt like burning but it was easily tolerable. I took another 100mg about 6 hours later and my symptoms were totally gone. I’ve been taking 100mg twice daily now 9am/9pm and haven’t had any anxiety or agitation since.
I’m still experiencing insomnia, but the anxiety and agitation I experience when I haven’t slept or haven’t slept well is total gone, what a relief!