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Where's that darn insomnia thread when you need it?!?<br><br>
Well...except that I'm not so sure I have insomnia as simply a fear of sleeping.<br><br>
Now, don't get me wrong, I *love* sleeping -- probably because I can't get enough and/or any these days. But I'm scared of going to bed. Because it doesn't work.<br><br>
I will be feeling exhausted and wanting nothing more than my king-sized, pillow-top mattress with my oh-so-soft pure white sheets... I'll get comfortable (at least for a moment or two) and then the heartburn begins .... except that it's more like the valve between my esophogus and my stomach simply doesn't close and my throat and sometimes even mouth, is filled with acid. Fun times, I tell ya. ... Finally, I move around enough (getting up to go to the bathroom five more times or so, drinking some water, taking more papaya enzyme, etc), prop my head up enough so that I can possibly ignore the acid for about five minutes (hopefully long enough to fall asleep)... and then my legs start up. They feel like they Just Need To Move. Or they need rubbed -- right now... except that one good rubdown doesn't fix things. It's like they need to be rubbed and rubbed and rubbed without ceasing for at least an hour. Just to have that movement.<br><br>
So I have to get up again... peeing a couple more times (or should I say 'attempting' to pee... mostly it's just a trip to the bathroom for a squat on the toilet all for naught since it's all just a feeling but nothing is in there anymore!) and again trying to lay down.<br><br>
Usually, after this whole charade, it still doesn't work. The good side is that I've gotten quite a few diapers made for both Katherine *and* the new babe -- that is, when I'm not on here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
But tonight I felt even too tired to try. I didn't want to go through the whole routine only for it to fail. So instead I just headed down to sew right away (which was a good thing I guess... I did get a m/l VB AIO made with a neon orange outer and a royal blue inner -- I'll tell dh that it's Katherine's Game Day diaper -- you know, for the Broncos of course).<br><br>
It's nearly 1 a.m. here in Mountain Timezone Land, but I'm not sure I'm ready for bed. I do have to get up at 8 a.m. (at least) because I'm going to a quilting class at 9 a.m. (which I'm totally stoked about -- I haven't a clue about quilting at all and I've only used my sewing machine for the diapers I've made in the last few weeks).<br><br>
And what's this long ol' whiny thing for? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"><br><br>
(well, honestly I'm not sure... but I was hoping it would tire me out ... ... or at least maybe I could find others who are tired but just don't go to bed too!)
 

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Hi, Judy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Ah, I'm so sorry you're having trouble falling asleep! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Reflux stuff and restless legs just don't sound like a good combo at all!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Have you tried sleeping with an extra pillow under your head/neck/shoulders/upper back to kind of prop you up a bit? What about for your legs a hot soak in the bathtub just before bed with either epsom salts (cheap like $3 for a huge container) or Bathertherapy (I'll send you some in a baggie, if you think it won't be confiscated by the USPS for being green cocaine).<br><br>
You may have already tried both of these! But, I thought I'd just throw out some suggestions. I don't have problems falling asleep in the evening, it's staying asleep that seems to be my challenge. Perhaps we should trade for a night just for variety?
 

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I have the heartburn well acid in the throat thing too it hurts so bad sometimes that i feel like my teeth hurt. it went away for about 3 weeks for somereason and came back full force last night. I have a wedge pillow i sleep that props me up. My momma gave it too me.. it has been a godsend in times of need not to mention i think it will help prop me up to bf in the middle of the night with that and my boppy pillow i think i should be doing good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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DH is out of town and last night i rounded up all the pillows in house and slept among them, with my head propped up to help with acidity...and it was great. But I have NO advice on what we in my family call "jittery legs." everyone in my family gets them, and i've had them frequently for as long as i can remember <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Just worse during pregnancy b/c it's that much harder to relax! Warm shower helps me a lot with them, especially if I go right to bed (or try to) right afterwards.<br><br>
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i was living on chewable papaya extract a few weeks back. only thing that kept the acid bearable for sleep. also left side only -- any time i rolled to the right, bam! the burn! ooh, sleep is so glorious, i hope, hope, hope you can get some soon!!!
 

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Thank you for the tips -- and just for the sympathy! I was feeling pretty lousy last night!<br><br>
I did finally go upstairs and head for bed... of course then Katherine woke up, needed more milk... then I thought I had her back to sleep and she woke up saying she needed a change (times like those I wish she would just use the darn toilet! she obviously knows -- and doesn't like -- when she's wet... but.. oh well... silly little girl, anyway!), so I changed her, brought her into bed with us and then the sippy cup of milk she oh-so-desperately needed proceeded to leak all over me. Gross.<br><br>
I finally get everything to where I think I can finally sleep and Madeline wakes up. She needed covered up again (of course the covers are laying right beside her, but she needed *me* to do it... isn't it great to be needed?)... then she dropped her hippo (her lovey). It was right beside the bed, but she told me she wasn't supposed to get out of bed so I had to get it for her.<br><br>
Kids. Gotta love 'em, right? I mean, I've got another on the way... ... and it's times like these that I question my sanity <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ...<br><br>
(little disclaimer... I really *do* love my children! In fact I want a housefull of them... but they do indeed drive me completely batty at times <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> )
 

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I am with you, I am exhausted, but I hate night time. I have resorted to sleeping upright in a recliner that I have come to despise then around 4 or 5 am moving into my wonderful new bed. It is so comfy and I hardly get to sleep in it. My acid reflux is so darn bad if I even try to sleep somewhat reclined the first several hours I wake up running to the bathroom to vomit, just lovely I tell you.<br><br>
Cal Mag is a godsend for the restless legs and leg cramps. Here is to all of getting some much needed rest and relief soon.
 

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Well last night I tried elevating my head while sleeping.<br><br>
The good? I was able to keep the reflux down a bit with two extra pillows propped under my normally lone pillow...<br><br>
The bad? It's so hard for me to sleep like that! My hips felt all wonky and sore after I slept a bit.<br><br>
So... it's such a darn toss-up! Actually *getting* some sleep (that is, when Katherine doesn't have a tummy ache and isn't scooting ALL AROUND the darn bed like some crazy bloodhound after a scent!) or not feeling like I got hit by a mack truck when I wake up.<br><br>
Pregnancy sure does crazy things to the body. And really, I have to always keep in mind that I have things pretty darn easy I think. My body usually doesn't protest this much to the condition.<br><br>
So, Megan, what's Cal Mag? I'm totally interested now because actually *that* turned out to be my biggest problem last night instead of the reflux! And I'm so sorry yours got so bad you were throwing up from it! I know I've *felt* like it would actually feel better to throw up, but I just haven't done it (some vomiting phobia I have.. it's weird).
 

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A few suggestions:<br><br>
1. Cal Mag - I will second that - makes for restful sleep.<br>
2. Calms Forte - this is a homeopathic preparation that is amazing for getting yourself to sleep. It takes about half an hour to kick in.<br>
3. Wooden Foot Roller - My grandma has chronic restless leg syndrome. She swears that when she gets up and rolls her feet on it - it relieves her legs so she can go back to sleep. (one note here, just keep the roller on your feet, don't rub the hollow area above your heels behind your ankles as this corresponds to a uterus area).<br>
4. Glass of wine!
 

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This is the Cal Mag I use, I buy it from my midwife. I swear by it, I forgot to take it one night and woke up with a leg cramp. Other than that I have not had a leg cramp since I started taking a Tablespoon of it every night.<br><br><a href="http://www.illnessisoptional.com/ace/product.asp?ProdID=6122" target="_blank">http://www.illnessisoptional.com/ace...sp?ProdID=6122</a><br><br>
With the acid reflux in some ways it is a relief to just throw up, but acid reflux throwing up is so darn intense. With my last episode I had little broken vessals (sp?) around my eyes and all around my mouth. Then I am up for a good hour afterwards trying to get the burning to calm enough to fall back to sleep. Sorry to much info I know, but what I am trying to say I guess is to avoid the throwing up with it if possible. Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy, hope your symptoms don't get any worse.
 
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