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Hey Rising....................Lolli
October 5, 2009
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well, I was never the kind to attend to him, once he was old enough to be sleeping thru the night. the only time I do is when I sense something wrong, like his reflux is acting up (I can tell) - even then, I take the meds to him and don't pick him up to give them to him...keeping him in the crib, administer meds, pat his back, give him kiss and ask him to lay back down.

he will wake repeatedly - sometimes he cries or whimpers in his sleep - other times he will wake up and WAIL....my friend underestimated how awful it is until she heard him this last weekend...suddenly she had newfound appreciation for what I was dealing with...

I prefer to leave him alone and let him go back to sleep - sometimes I do check to make sure he is ok - like one time when he had pulled his arm out of his sleeve and it was thru his neckhole of his jammies...another time his sippy cup of water had opened up and bed was wet....but I seem to tell the difference.

I just don't sleep well, cuz with mommy radar, I hear every whimper and stay awake until I know he is ok and ready to sleep again.

time for new bedroom - once I am done being sick and can handle moving furniture.

I also make sure he is comfortable temp wise - cuz he doesn't sleep with blankets - use white noise and a nightlight....sometimes it works, sometimes not.

he also has eczema that flares at night, so if I hear him scratching - I am quick to rub him down with his lotion - ...it just seems never ending.

October 5, 2009
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(((Rising)))

My oldest was so difficult I thought I wasn't going to live through it. Come to find out, he had a premature digestive system. By the time that was figured out, he already had all the bad sleep habits. He didn't sleep throught the night until he was 5. Then when I had my little B, I was SO afraid to have all the same habits, that I tried everything as soon as I could to make sure he didn't have the premature digestive, etc. He did end up with the reflux, like your little guy. I read that it can be painful, and I had the meds for him, too. Didn't figure it out until he would sleep for hours in his carseat sitting up..but the minute he was lying down..he had the reflux problems. After that, the little guy has been sleeping through the night. I think he was 4 months old.

Anyway, not that anything I've said is going to help you. I wish I had better advice. I think the one thing that helped me with all the lack of a good nights sleep, was that I knew it would not be forever, and that eventually he would grow out of that stage and onto a new one. LOL!

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Love Soul

October 5, 2009
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(((Rising)))

My oldest was so difficult I thought I wasn't going to live through it. Come to find out, he had a premature digestive system. By the time that was figured out, he already had all the bad sleep habits. He didn't sleep throught the night until he was 5. Then when I had my little B, I was SO afraid to have all the same habits, that I tried everything as soon as I could to make sure he didn't have the premature digestive, etc. He did end up with the reflux, like your little guy. I read that it can be painful, and I had the meds for him, too. Didn't figure it out until he would sleep for hours in his carseat sitting up..but the minute he was lying down..he had the reflux problems. After that, the little guy has been sleeping through the night. I think he was 4 months old.

Anyway, not that anything I've said is going to help you. I wish I had better advice. I think the one thing that helped me with all the lack of a good nights sleep, was that I knew it would not be forever, and that eventually he would grow out of that stage and onto a new one. LOL!

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Love Soul

October 7, 2009
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Thanks soul - good to know I am not alone.

I have decided to move myself out of his bedroom - I have recently figured out that I snore or have some apnea issues - and I wonder how much of "my noise" is waking him - but I don't know it until he wakes me.

it's a big project - but it will get done.

in the meantime, both of us have had colds and congestion - and I was forced to give him meds (he is under 2) cuz I couldn't stand him up all night coughing....but found that I can only sleep in the recliner in the living room - so I don't wake him and so I don't cough as much.

praying for restorative sleep SOON.

October 7, 2009
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You are so young to have sleep apnea! Normally, it is associated with aging (which causes those support muscles to relax/sag) and/or overweight. My late husband developed it in his forties when he started putting on weight.

Are you sure? Has anyone told you that you snore?

There is a corrective surgery for it, if you have insurance. It can be done in the early stages under certain conditions, but doesn't work after the apnea becomes "advanced" over a period of years.

Hope you can get help for this.

- Ma

October 7, 2009
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I am overweight and almost 40 - yes, my husband has told me I snore - and I wake myself up with it sometimes.

sometimes I wake up as I feel myself "snorting" for air...if that makes any sense.

my husband wouldn't know what apnea is, even if I explained it - only told me I snore.

October 7, 2009
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also, I heard that sleep deprivation can cause it - because you are so exhausted, your muscles relax too much....maybe I misquoted, but remember reading it somewhere.

I have gotten full night rest (other than occassionally) since before I was pregnant.

October 8, 2009
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Have you experienced a substantial weight gain, since before your last pregnancy? That would account for the increase in symptoms of the sleep apnea. They will get worse when you gain weight.

Do talk to your doctor about this. Sleep apnea is actually a serious health issue. Many patients wind up having to wear an oxygen mask (with a CPAP machine) during sleep, to ensure they are getting enough oxygen without straining their cardio-pulmonary systems.

Because you run out of sufficient oxygen, your heart must work harder during sleep, instead of resting. You sometimes struggle for air so hard that you wake yourself up. This would explain why your sleep has been so poor. It also might be waking up your son because the snoring caused by sleep apnea can become very loud as your condition worsens.

Overweight, age and alcohol consumption are all factors which contribute to sleep apnea. Also, you should either sleep upright in a recliner or sleep absolutely flat with NO pillows. Talk to your doctor about a simple device which can be inserted in the mouth at bedtime to facilitate your oxygen flow while sleeping.

My best to you.

Ma Strong

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