I haven't been able to sleep more than 4-5 hours a night in the past couple of weeks. I think it's a lot of general stress plus a lack of exercise (recently had to quit my Crossfit gym). I just lay in bed for hours literally at night staring at the ceiling. When I actually get a chance to nap during the day, I will stuill lay there for hours again and still be unable to actually fall asleep. Any suggestions?
I have a hard time turning my brain off to go to sleep sometimes. I don't know if that's what's happening to you but for me it seems to be a bit worse with this pregnancy. I've found listening to something on my MP3 player really helps me. It has to be a happy medium between engaging enough to distract me from thinking and not so exciting it keeps me awake. Audiobooks I'm familiar with work really well (I listen to Harry Potter books a lot ) or I have some guided meditation podcasts I like. Music leaves me too much space to think, and other podcasts or new books are too interesting for me to want to sleep. My ipod has a sleep timer on it, I love it!
Other than that, any chance you could get out and go for a walk when you can't sleep? Is your neighborhood safe enough?
Maybe try an after dinner walk followed by a nice bath or shower? Not sure if that's possible.
Are you eating enough calories before bed (from dinner on) maybe your too hungry? Focus on more protein than carb's before bed.
Maybe some kind of safe tea before bed - maybe not in the heat though?
Not sure if that's helpful at all. Hope you get some rest soon!
I have this problem a lot too. I wish I could offer up a solution, but I've yet to find one. I hope it gets better for you soon!! Thankfully I've had a few good nights of sleep the past few days. I feel like my body is readying itself for being awake with a baby already - it's so easy for me to become wide awake around 3am and not being able to go back to sleep really.
Other ideas.... Sleep in your own bed if possible...when I can't sleep I go to the guest bedroom or DH does. Sex before bed can help (the orgasm part). Loud fan for background noise.... Make sure room is very cool- almost cold. Make sure you aren't drinking caffeine...
I feel for you..I had horrible insomnia with my 2nd baby. It was really really bad.....ended up taking Tylenol pm at the urging of my midwife. and I never take mess... I was in bad shape.
Hope it improves!!
Last night was one of the worst, even though when I got into bed I actually did feel like I could fall asleep. But in the end I was up until 2:30 am, finally finding myself on the couch downstairs crying in frustration. Someone mentioned heat - that's so true. Our room was a bit too warm for me to relax. I asked hubby to turn on the ceiling fan and he protested because it dries out his eyes. Never mind that he has a dang eyemask, but he couldn't be bothered to find it. So instead, I lay there for another hour tossing and turning, then finally just got out of bed. I can't use the guest room because the bed is covered in crap for our upcoming yardsale. (We're moving in a few weeks, and then have to get our current place ready to sell, which is part of the stress keeping me awake).
Finally fell asleep at 2:30 am, then my son awoke crying for me at 4:30 am so I ran to his room and fell back asleep with him there. But he sleeps on a futon and I awoke another hour or two later with intense pain at my tailbone area from sleeping on this futon on my side. We were all up by about 7:30. Super tired today, feel like my brain is just turning into mush!! Insomnia is just miserable.
I am going to insist on a fan or lower thermostat from now on. I may also try some (cool?) tea before bed. Sorry Sillymom, good idea but I'm not feeling particularly amorous for the hubs lately, especially after last night. ;-)
So sorry, Sunnyperch. I don't have a problem getting to sleep but I do have an issue staying asleep. I've been living on 5ish hours of sleep every night all week. What helps me is a very cold room (I have had the a/c running this week) and my ipod playing an audible book or my hypnobabies track. If I wake up I'll sometimes go to the spare room and play my ipod again as DH is in the bed by then. We cosleep so it's a bit difficult to get comfy sometimes,
Can you take some walks, etc. to get in some exercise?
LOL...I can imagine you are not feeling very amorous if your DH won't turn the fan on due to dry eyes-- his eyes are SHUT!!!!! I'm mad at him and I've never even met him... The orgasm is all that you need.. you don't actually need sex.... I'll leave it at that...
I keep the AC at 72 or lower at night. I know that it's not good to use that much energy and I'm leaving a horrible carbon footprint, but if I don't sleep I will become mentally ill (and I'm not kidding).... I keep it much higher during the day. It has been in the high 90s here, so I have been HOT.
In the meantime, put the yardsale stuff somewhere else-- and take over that bedroom. If you are moving soon-- you NEED to sleep in preparation for the move. Do anything to get sleep. Take it from me and my experience in my last pregnancy-- don't mess with sleep deprivation. Turn down the AC and put a portable fan blowing on you-- that I what I currently do and I still wake up hot at night. Usually I freeze at night.
And try to walk for 30 to 60 minutes a day.
OK, I'll stop being bossy- I just know how you feel and I want to help!!
Oh, I so commiserate with the insomnia thing. It's really horrific when you can't get enough sleep. I had it really bad at the end of the first trimester/beginning of the second. Somehow it's resolved itself, at least for now. I'm finding that taking calcium/magnesium seems to be really helping. I was getting restless legs, and I researched to see what I could do; everyone said cal/mag supplement. It works like a charm! But it also seems to quiet the chronic physical anxiety I've had since I was a kid — always the cause of my insomnia. I also read every night until I can't keep my eyes open anymore. And if I wake up in the middle of the night, I just go out on the couch and read until I fall asleep again. Most of the time that works. But if I don't read, I'll just lie there feeling annoyed and worried that I can't sleep. Reading helps me distract myself and tires my eyes out. But I agree that all of this is difficult to make work if exercise isn't a part of the picture. Hope you've been able to figure something out!
Sweet dreams, SunnyPerch . . .