View Full Version : sleep deprivation
08-08-2008, 10:47 AM
Despite everything I can think of--body pillows, etc--I haven't had a really restful night's sleep in weeks. I'll get myself comfortable, have no issues, but then for no reason I'll spend half the night tossing, turning, and generally having a bad time of it.
I'm only 11 weeks pregnant, and if this is gonna last the rest of the time, I may loose my exhausted little mind.
So, anyone have any ideas? Bear in mind, I've tried about every different sleeping position in existence, short of standing on my head, and nothing seems to work.
08-08-2008, 11:32 PM
Here's what I'd try (and some things, I have tried when occasional insomnia hits me.. I'm 15 wks, btw)...
- No caffeine after sometime in the afternoon; say, 4pm? (I like coffee and tea, but make myself not drink it after 4)
- Take a warm bath (not hot, of course) or shower when you're close to bedtime
- Don't get yourself "wound up" doing chores, figuring bills, or watching "exciting" TV or movies.. take some time to wind down and relax in the evening
- If you like, try drinking warmed-up milk (my mom always used to put a little sweet'n'low or sugar in, and a bit of vanilla) before bedtime
- Finally, don't get stressed if you can't go to bed when you want; find some TV to watch or a book to read, and see if your brain forgets to be aggravated and decides to get sleepy instead :)
08-12-2008, 12:00 PM
I dealt with a lot of sleep problems during my first trimester, but most of them cleared up after I got into the second trimester. Now that I'm in my third trimester and have a little acrobat in there, I'm starting to sleep poorly again. One thing I've noticed during pregnancy is that the room temperature affects my ability to sleep more than usual. Try making your room a little cooler using a fan or AC and see if that helps. You can also mention it to your doctor when you have your next appointment and see if they have any suggestions.
08-13-2008, 08:50 PM
I feel your frustration! I think I'm sleeping more now that I have the baby, despite nursing! LOL
Yes, sounds like you've tried everything. Talk to your doc. Maybe they can help you, maybe not.
Lots of naps. :)
08-13-2008, 09:34 PM
How about seeing a chiropractor? If you don't like that idea, maybe consider a massage? How good are you at relaxing? The whole self-soothing, winding down, relax every in of your body, put yourself to sleep thing is not only helpful for learning to sleep but SUPER helpful during contractions. :)
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