Now this probably stems from the fact that I am a night owl and have a hard time getting to sleep anytime before midnight without a dose of Ambien or a couple glasses of wine…oh who am I kidding if the bottle of wine gets opened it’s getting drank to the last drop. I also suffer from RLS aka Restless Leg Syndrome which if you don’t have it then you have no idea what it is like to deal with it.
When I was pregnant it was really bad and because I couldn’t drink wine or take anything to help me sleep I looked up home remedies on the internet…yes I was desperate and aggavated and just wanted to SLEEP!!! Several people who claimed they suffered from RLS had “try this” and “try that” …I tried everything from eating spoonfuls of mustard to taking bars of soap and putting them in my socks because there was actually a couple comments from people that had tried this. Well nothing worked, and trying to explain to my husband why there were socks laying around with bars of soap in them was quite comical…I think in his mind he might have thought I was getting prepared to swing those suckers at his head if one of my hormonal episodes should appear.
Well since having my children my RLS has gotten worse. Now on the WeBMD website it gives suggestions of what to do and what not to do to help with your symptoms. One suggestion is to go to bed later and to sleep in because those morning hours of sleep will probably be the best hours of sleep you will get. Obviously whoever wrote that does not have kids. It also states to cut out caffeine…once again obviously a suggestion from someone who doesn’t have kids.
No tv or computer before bed, no alcohol…WHAT! that’s about as bad as no caffiene. I actually tried giving up caffeine and it was unsafe for my entire household. I have pretty much tried everything mentioned on this website and still find no relief with any such “medical” advice.
I remember when I first started noticing these tingling pains in my legs. It was in my 20’s and I actually thought that I was going crazy. That I had some phantom feelings in my legs until one day a commercial came on and answered my ever so growing question…I AM NOT CRAZY…it’s a real disease! Of course there are people who still believe that it’s a “made up” ailment. Like my husband for instance, when we first got together he thought I was bluffing even though I pulled it up on the internet and showed him he still thought it was all in my head. “Can’t believe everything on the internet” he said.
Well then he had to take a sleep disorder class for work and guess what one of the sleep disorders listed was? Yep, RLS, and because it came out of a physicians mouth then he finally believed me. Not that it changed anything he now just thinks I exaggerate it.
One of the other suggestions on webMD is to have someone massage your calves before bed. I couldn’t even get my husband to rub my aching legs when I was pregnant so there is no way in hell I am getting that now. (He doesn’t like giving or receiving massages…yes he is weird) He says he would rather pay for me to just go get a massage…maybe I should take him up on that and hire a massage therapist to come over every night before I go to bed and massage me…yeah that won’t put a big dent in our already “totaled” budget.
So I just live with it and some nights are good and some nights are really really bad and I have just come to the realization that I will probably never have an extremely excellent night of more then GREAT sleep…that’s life.
UPDATE: Last year I finally went to the doctor about my restless legs. I couldn’t stand not being able to sleep any more even with Ambien and wine. He put me on a medication that actually WORKED. The only set back is I have to remember to take it 2 hours before bedtime because that is how long it takes for it to kick in. But besides that it has been a life saver for my sleep.