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Before I got pregnant, I was on a steady regimen of Tylenol PM to help me sleep at night thanks to my insomnia. Of course as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I quit cold turkey. Some nights I get decent sleep but I am constantly waking up (without reason) and it takes me hours to even fall asleep thanks to my nasty restless legs trying to walk right off the bed. I'm annoyed.<br><br>
I asked my mw about tylenol PM and in her opinion it's safe but safest after the first trimester. After some digging online Unisom seems to be the most recommended thing to take for both insomnia and for nausea (taken with B6).<br><br>
Anyone else trying to deal with insomnia sans drugs? Have any of you caved and what are you taking?<br><br>
For what it's worth, over the years I have tried every freakin natural sleep aid known to man and none of it has helped me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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Never had insomnia that bad... in college I just used to read my calc III textbooks to fall asleep... good luck though Anna!!! I shall send you *sleepy vibes*
 

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I wonder if it isnt genetic because my dad was the same way. My body likes to go nocturnal for some reason but changing schdules like that makes me sick. I figured it was time to ask, since I just woke up a few hours ago and I'm feeling like I havent slept well, Im all agitated, and overtired. I feel like if I could only get some restful sleep I would feel a lot better. I feel like Ive been hit by a truck and I don't think it's the pregnancy. This feels just like when I would try to quit before and I would just feel so run down from lack of sleep.
 

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I'm sorry, I don't have any medication solutions for you, but I'm dealing with awful insomnia too. This is new for me -- my DH teases me because usually I fall asleep within 30 seconds of saying goodnight to him. So far, I've dealt with it by tossing and turning, kicking the covers, cursing under my breath about how *$%^(@# ridiculous this is, etc. None of the above have been successful remedies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
You say you've tried everything, so maybe this won't be helpful to you, but in the past when I couldn't sleep I would focus on relaxing each body part, starting with my toes and working my way up my body. I never made it to my head, but like I said, I'm usually a pro at falling asleep. Maybe I'll try that tactic tonight if it happens again.<br><br>
About long-term Tylenol PM use -- isn't chronic acetaminophen use detrimental to your liver? Tylenol offers a product now called Simply Sleep that has the diphenhydramine (sleep aid, like in Benadryl) but not the acetaminophen.
 

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I'm having a horrible time falling asleep IN MY BED. I can drop into a dead sleep in roughly a minute on the living room couch, but put me in my PJs and tuck me into bed, and I'm wide awake, staring at the wall.<br><br>
I've slept on the couch the previous two nights... DH feels bad because he thinks HE's keeping me awake, but it's totally not him. I don't know what it is.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm having a horrible time falling asleep IN MY BED. I can drop into a dead sleep in roughly a minute on the living room couch, but put me in my PJs and tuck me into bed, and I'm wide awake, staring at the wall.<br><br>
I've slept on the couch the previous two nights... DH feels bad because he thinks HE's keeping me awake, but it's totally not him. I don't know what it is.</div>
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I spent about a month and a half of my last pregnancy sleeping on the couch! It was later on, when I was bigger... but I needed to sleep at an incline, and that was easier to do out there. And the fact that it got me away from DH's snoring didn't hurt. ;-)
 

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I totally feel you pain! I suffer from insomnia too and I was just getting back into a better sleep pattern when I found out I was pregnant and that has all gone to hell now.<br>
I was complaining to my mom about how tired I am but that I can't sleep and she gave me a bottle of Nyquil Nighttime because she says just a little bit helps her sleep great. Of course she doesn't know I'm pregnant yet so I took it and said thanks but I look at that bottle every night wishing I could take some! lol<br><br>
For some reason I sleep better during the day so I have been getting most of my sleep after my husband wakes up about 11am (he is on night shift so he sleeps longer) and I'll sleep until about 3pm. If he goes off of night shift I am so screwed because then I won't have anyone to watch the kids.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">and it takes me hours to even fall asleep thanks to my nasty restless legs trying to walk right off the bed. I'm annoyed.<br></div>
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My RLS goes away when I'm eating good and avoiding sugar. And FYI I had the crampy kind, not tingling or urge to move, and that's what my labor was like.
 

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ive been taking magnesium (citrate) for other stuff, but my dr. said it would also help with resless legs. so far it has. it says like everythign else to check with your dr. if pregnant or breast feeding, so i would check with your dr. but my dr. said its safe to take as much as your bowels can tollerate. if you take too much of it, it acts as a laxative. so if your legs are the only thing thats keeping you awake, and you'd rather not take unisom, you might wanna try magnesium. i heard that unisom is totally safe, but for some reason, i dont trust it. good luck
 

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Insomnia is a B...... Since I've gotten pregnant this time I've been crashing out right with dh at night. I wake up a lot still but not like before. When I was pregnant with ds I had my nights and days mixed up bad. I wouldn't go to bed until dh left for work. I tried Ambian with ds and it just made me throw up. So that didn't work. Benedryl would knock me out pretty good when pregnant. It doesn't touch me when I'm not pregnant but man with ds It put me to sleep pretty good.
 

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I'm waking up at 3 every night, no matter what time I finally fall asleep.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I hate it, but don't want to take anything.
 

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I notice when I get some sun I sleep better. If I'm holed up all day because it's too hot out, I am much more restless at night. I'm also more restless if I get too much tv/computer screen time. I must be sensitive to light.
 

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I havent taken anything yet, still riding out the storm. -sigh- Getting to sleep is, at least, becoming less of an issue. Staying asleep is still hard.
 

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me too! insomnia from hell! When I finally do fall asleep I wake up to pee and then I am AWAKE and no going back to sleep for at least an hour after that. I am tired-exhausted-but my brain won't let me rest. Glad to know it's not just me.<br>
And yes, I love the couch.
 

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Just a thought...have you tried craniosacral therapy for your chronic insomnia? Hope you get more sleep soon!<br><br>
Laura
 

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yayy craniosacral-I'm an LMT and I've had some experience in that realm-good stuff, definitely a help in many realms-I didn't even think about it in regards to insoomnia. Thanks!
 
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