Sunday, June 24, 2012
I've mentioned in a few of my update posts that I have been battling restless leg syndrome for the past couple of months. Apparently, it's completely normal in pregnancy but that didn't stop me from cursing this blasted condition on a daily basis while I fought sleep. One particularly bad morning, I was pacing from my bedroom to the kitchen trying not to lose my mind, and decided to consult Dr. Google. I stumbled upon an article with over 300 comments that all touted the benefits of placing a bar of ordinary bath soap under the fitted sheet on your bed. In my sleep-deprived hysteria, I immediately ran to the bathroom, found a new bar of soap and shoved it under the sheet at the foot of my bed. Had I spared a few moments to consider how ridiculous this sounds, I'm sure I'd have poo-poo'd the idea entirely- but I was desperate and exhausted.
I crawled back into bed, got comfortable, and waited for the tell-tale crazies to start. And I waited. 15 minutes passed, and my legs didn't feel crazy. 30 minutes with no tingling. I even shook my legs trying to induce jitters to make sure that they weren't just laying in wait to ambush me once I fell asleep. For the first time in months, I didn't feel the need to jump out of bed and walk around to relieve my restless legs! Hallelujah.
But WHY does this work? I honestly have no idea. Google yields nothing on the subject, except that it works for a lot of people. Maybe it's all in my head- something as simple as the power of suggestion, but I don't care. Now I can lie in bed and focus on my numb hands and fingers instead. Unfortunately, the soap doesn't cure pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome.
Posted by MaryMargaret at 6:56 PM