Can't sleep, heartburn, losing weight am I alone?

Jayme - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




Ever since my son was born I haven't been able to fall asleep on my own I will lay awake in total darkness untill my kids get up then I fall asleep in the middle of the day, Now I take otc sleep aids and sometimes those don't even help I end up take 2 to 3 pills a night and it only calls for one. I tried a hot shower, warm milk herbal tea, cocoa. It seems nothing helps. Will I ever be able to close my eyes and sleep with out seditives?
I know you get heartburn during pregnancy, But I didn't know that it would last 2 years later. Ever since my son was born (Dec.07). I get heartburn really bad. I get it from bending over too much. Or eating spagetti or pizza. I try drinking milk or tums or rolaids all the otc antacids you can buy. I don't know what to do. I can't afford to go to the docter let alone see a specialist about it. Will I ever get rid of my heartburn?
Before my daughter I was 136lbs and I gave birth I was 176lbs. 5 months later I found out I was pregnant with my son. I got up to 190lbs while pregnant with him. Now 2 years later I weigh 220lbs. I have a disorder called floating patella which makes my knees dislocate for no reason. Any suggestions on exercises I can take with out over doing my knees and I can do around the house?


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Karen - posted on 09/24/2013




It sounds like you have a hiatal hernia. OTC drugs such as Prevacid may help, but you must take it everyday. Also, stay away from acidic food and beverages. As far and you sleep issue, try to exercise about 2 hours before bedtime. This releases endorphins that not only make you feel good, but will help you sleep. You don't need to lift weights to exercise. Try walking or dancing. Those are great exercises.

Kristin - posted on 04/06/2010




First, stop taking the sleeping pills. They obviously aren't helping and could actually be making it worse. Write down what you are thinking about when you can't sleep, there could be a pattern there that you can address directly. Start keeping a food journal and tracking the heartburn. It's going to be both dietary and weight related. You will find trigger foods that you will just have to stop eating. The extra weight you are carrying around just presses down on your stomach forcing the acid back up. Put a couple of bricks under the head of your bed, the elevation will help keep the acid down at night. Try to avoid bending over. Use Tums or Rolaids for mild incidents but you need to look into a 12 to 24 hour remedy. Talk to the pharmacist about this, they would love to help you and they are free. You could also talk to them about sleep aids and how to use them properly or get off them with minimal distress to your body.

As for exercise, start with walking and some light strength training. Yoga is good, just be really careful of your knees. Pilates can help, but you may want to take a class or at least talk to an instructor about the heartburn and how to modify for it. Start with small things, take the stairs, park a little farther, I'm sure you've heard them all at this point.

Ultimately, you do need to talk to a doctor about this. You and your family need you to be the healthiest you can be. Look into community health centers and ask about sliding scales or payment plans with doctors offices. Look into state health plans, you may not be covered, but your kids should be and that might free up enough money for you to go see the doctor. You may also want to consider talking to a mental health professional or a counselor (church, health department, community center), the sleeplessness and possibly the heartburn could be related to depression. The body responds in so many ways to stress and depression, help is important.

Alot of stuff I know, but just take each day as it comes. Good luck to you.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2010




I think you should see your dr about all of this. It's not normal, and it could mean something. Might not mean anything, but it's sure worth getting checked out. I know a lot of my sleep problems were caused by a severe vitamin D deficiency. You can't figure some of this stuff out without blood tests, etc. You could have a thyroid problem, metabolic syndrome, gallstones, any number of things or nothing at all.

Best of luck to you! I know how challenging this stuff can be!

Iysha - posted on 04/05/2010




Weight gain can be a big underlying factor of heartburn. My husband gets heartburn real bad and it's only been since he has been over 200 pounds. His doctor also told him that his weight gain may be the only reason he has heartburn because he never had it before. Exercise is important and there are many exercises that you can do that won't put pressure on the knees. Swimming is probably the best thing you can do with almost any kind of physical impairment. Stretching, walking and cardio can all be done in the pool. Even just treading water is a work out.

In college I took a stress management class and it touched on the topic of stress and sleep. Try relaxing your muscles in your body by first tightening them. Start with your feet then calves, thighs, hands, arms, tummy shoulders, forehead and jaw. Tighten each part one at a time and hold the tightness for about 6 seconds and release. At the same time breathe in and out to the count of 4 and out to the count of 6. All the while have your eyes closed and try just to focus on breathing and releasing your energy with every exhale. Clear your mind...the point is to get both physically and mentally relaxed.

It sounds weird and "tree hugger, vegan, hippie" like but it really gets you sleepy and improves the quality of sleep you get. As a result of better quality sleep, you have more energy and less stress. If you want, you can message me about it. My emails go straight to my phone. is my email. I still have my text book so I can look up more things if you're interested.

Emma - posted on 04/05/2010




If i where you i would go to your doctor,
As some sleeping aid's can cause stomach problems and your taking more than the recommended dosage and most of the over the counter ones advise not to take for more than ten days or something like that, add to that most heart burn medicine neutralise the acid in your stomach making it near on impossibly for you to digest your food thus it will pass straight through thus before you get what you need this might be contributing to the weight loss.
I would suggest something like Galveston after eating, it dose not neutralise the acid but lays on top of it stopping it from backing up and giving you heart burn.
But mostly i would suggest going and talking to your GP as what you are doing right now is not helping.
hope you find a solution

Katie - posted on 04/03/2010




Some of your problem sounds like stress. Try yoga and that may help with a lot of your problems. I have degenerative disc disease in my back so I know where you're coming from with the difficulty to lose weight and finding a non-painful exercise routine. I found a yoga dvd at Wal-Mart that I do at home on a yoga mat that is pretty low impact and seems to be helping. I kinda pick and choose which exercises I do so that I don't hurt myself. I also walk as much as I can and take my daughter to the park so that I make sure I'm staying active.

You need to remember that the only way you can take care of your kids is to take care of yourself first. Try getting online and finding some stress reducing techniques to help relax yourself and maybe you will sleep better. I had the same problem a while back and I took a notebook and wrote down anything that was on my mind or bothering me before I went to bed and it helped my realize that there were somethings bothering me and I didn't even know it. Do you have someone supportive to talk to?

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