Remember that old Seinfeld episode where Kramer is dating a girl that has "Jimmy Legs?"
I never realized that "Jimmy Legs" were a real thing until I had little miss Ellis Chandler Rose. Even when she was a tiny baby, the girl would fight sleep. We would swaddle her and that helped then. Now as a four year old, she still fights falling asleep, but also staying a sleep...and you can't swaddle a four year old, right?! Noises don't really wake her up...not even barking dogs in the house - true story. It's usually just her own body. She has restless legs (and arms, for that matter). I tried other things like diffusing oils in her room at night, wearing her out with lots of exercise and activity throughout the day, and sometimes it would work and sometimes it would not.
I have been an essential oil user for several years. From time to time, I put oils in my essential rewards cart just to try them. Enter: Dream Catcher. I originally bought it to see if it would help ME get better sleep. And it did. So one night while doing our normal bath & bedtime routine, I decided to try some on Ellis' legs.
I diluted 2-3 drops of the oil with about a dime size of the Breathe Easy rub from the Honest Company. I am sure you could just use coconut oil, but this is what I had on hand for bedtime. I mixed the oil and rub in my hands and massaged it onto her legs from the knees down to the bottoms of her feet.
The girl slept. IN.HER.OWN.BED.UNTIL.SUNRISE.
At first I thought, "okay, maybe it's just a fluke," so I tried it again and again.
I have told many people (even recently), how at least two nights a week she usually wakes up in the middle of the night and comes to our bed. Though that still has happened once or twice, it's usually NOT on the nights when I have used this on her legs at bedtime. I have also noticed that when she does come to bed with us, she is much more still and less "helicopter-ish." Adam even noticed - as he usually gets her toenails digging into his back - ha.
Not sure how many parents struggle with their kiddo's restless legs, but I can tell you, when it comes to sleep I am willing to try almost anything to get those blissful hours of uninterrupted sleep.
And that is worth sharing about, right?!
If you have questions email me or leave a comment. I'd be happy to share some with you if you live in my area or share info on how to get it if you don't live near me.
Be sure to check out my friend April's blog, for more love of essential oil goodness!