Sleep help - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-07-2011, 06:24 AM - Thread Starter
 
Code Name Mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,002
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have been having a terrible time sleeping this pregnancy. I have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep (not counting the 2-3 bathroom trips a night), and waking up early. Basically, I'm sleep-deprived. I remember this from third trimester last time - but not first! First was supposed to be a time of sleep, sleep, sleep!! I'm frustrated.

What natural remedies have you successfully used to help you sleep? I'm not willing to try OTC or other meds at this point.

TIA!

Mama to DS (12/11/07) and partner to DH (08/08). Expecting #2 late November 2011!
Code Name Mama is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-07-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Jaimee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Seattle, Tucson, Austin, Baltimore. Now: Urbana, IL
Posts: 7,465
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

How's your nausea?  One suggestion would be exercise if you feel up to it.  Walking, light jogging, yoga, biking, swimming, etc.


Mama to Avalon 1/07 waterbirth.jpg, Austin 1/10 in between uc.jpgand Avery 12/11  h20homebirth.gif
fambedsingle1.gif   femalesling.GIF   winner.jpg   cd.gif     ecbaby2.gif  novaxnocirc.gif   goorganic.jpg  

Jaimee is offline  
Old 05-07-2011, 05:14 PM
 
heket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Ruling my own Library
Posts: 2,698
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I'm having more and more problems falling back asleep after a bathroom run and waking up at 4:30 or 5am when i don't have to be up for work until 7am.  Seems to happen regardless of my exercising but it does slow me down with exercise.  I'm trying to work through it, but I'm missing my sleep and it's starting to affect my emotions.

heket is offline  
Old 05-07-2011, 09:52 PM
 
willsmomm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 401
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

I'm totally having this problem. Lucky for me, my midwife just recommended Benadryl to help me get a handle on this nasty allergy/asthma attack I'm having so I'll sleep like a baby tonight... and all day tomorrow. One thing that does help me is not taking my vitamins at night. But I forget to take them in the morning when I do that so I'm just dealing with the sleepless nights. I'm sorry you're dealing with this too. I hope it goes away soon for both of us!

willsmomm is offline  
Old 05-08-2011, 05:57 PM
 
talktomenow's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 3,972
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I've been suffering from this as well. I've been doing some reading online about how to get to sleep in the first place- that's my biggest problem. Important tips are no screens (TV, phone, computer) an hour before bed, no exercise two hours before. Read or listen to music before going to sleep. Set a time limit that you will lie there trying (30-45 min) and then get up and do something that will help you fall asleep (read, music). You just end up stressing yourself out by staying in bed thinking about sleeping.

 

I try to limit my liquid intake two hours before bed. I also drink Calm http://www.calmnatural.com/ twice a day on my midwife's recommendation. That seems to help. Don't turn on the light when you get up to go to the bathroom. 

 

Honestly, I've just given up in a way. My body doesn't want to go to sleep before 1:30, so I usually just read until then. Then I nap during the day. 

 

The only time I can get to sleep easily and early is when dp is here on the weekends. So 5 days out of 7, not goo sleep. At least I get two days off!

 

Good luck!


Amanda, mom to dsd (16), dd (11), dd (8), and ds (born 11/12/11).
 

talktomenow is offline  
Old 05-08-2011, 05:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
Code Name Mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,002
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well at least I know I'm not alone! We just took a walk, so we'll see if the exercise helps tonight smile.gif

Mama to DS (12/11/07) and partner to DH (08/08). Expecting #2 late November 2011!
Code Name Mama is offline  
Old 05-09-2011, 05:57 AM
 
crazykittymomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Orlando, Fl
Posts: 468
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I'm using mama calm. My midwife has a tea similar to Earth Mama Angel Baby's Peaceful Mama tea, but I just can't handle tea at the moment. I've found a warm bath and aromatherapy helpful as well.


~Sarah

treehugger.gif  trekkie.gifcat.gifcarrot.gif
Mom to Vala ribboncesarean.gif 5/09, Anya hbac.gif 11/11, & one on the way 12/13

Check out my blog- http://healingcesareanscars.blogspot.com/

crazykittymomma is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off