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<p>I'm only about 4 or 5 weeks along and my nights of sleep are becoming more and more restless.  I'm tossing and turning and waking up tired but my body is too restless and uncomfortable to go back to sleep.  And then I'm tired all day!  What is going on here???  And will it end????  </p>
 

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<p><span id="user_yui_3_3_0_8_130724600432814"><img alt="hug.gif" id="user_yui_3_3_0_8_130724600432813" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="width:22px;height:15px;"></span>  I don't really have any advice.  I had restless legs at the end of my first pregnancy, and it was terrible.  I found that nettle tea helped me at that point, and I did read that it helped to increase lower iron levels, but I wouldn't be sure that that is the case for you.  I hope your Dr or MW can help you out - sleep is so valuable at this early stage.</p>
 

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<p>This could definitely be an issue of your blood sugar not staying stable through the night.  Blood sugar is more sensitive during pregnancy, and when it drops your body starts circulating cortisol and this makes you feel awake and restless. Try a big snack right before bed that includes protein, and if you still wake up go and eat something (with protein) right away and see if you can get sleepy again. This has already started happening to me in the last couple days, but last night I ate a big snack of toast and peanut butter and jelly right before bed and slept good all night (despite the pee breaks, lol!). Having a big spoon of honey with your protein snack may help too (this is from the hibernation diet, honey increase melatonin, the sleepy neurotransmitter.) </p>
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<p>Mineral wise, you could try nettles which have a lot of magnesium which promotes restful sleep or a magnesium supplement. </p>
 
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