Hi and welcome to Healingwell Rysesa :) Do you elevate the head of your mattress when you go to sleep? This can help with the lump feeling - btw, that is absolutely horrible isn't it??? I can't raise my mattress unfortunately since I have a waterbed but I have been thinking about the wedge pillow.
As for the sleeping pills, I have been on some form of sleeping pills for the past 6 years due to chronic insomnia. My insomnia isn't due to my acid reflux but some other issues. I tried Ambien, Ambien CR and found that I was doing strange things in my sleep and I didn't like that idea so I switched to Tylonel Simply Sleep. That is basically Benedryl without the antihistamine. But my words of advice is even though it says that it's not addicting, your body can become accustomed to it if taken for long periods of time. So I think occasional use of this should be fine. I've heard that happen to many people in which their sleep aids just stopped working. That is what happened to me too. I was on Ambien for almost a year but after 3 months of being on it, it didn't work for me so I had to stop for a couple weeks and start again. Worse couple weeks of my life though I tell ya! :)
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