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<p>I have a bad case of insomnia. I am getting like 4 1/2 hours of sleep on a good night. I am taking magnesium, no caffeine at all. I am doing hypnobabies before bed, sometimes I fall asleep afterwards and sometimes I don't so I don't know if that is a problem. I even was desperate enough to take unisom for a few nights and it only worked the first 2 nights. Does anyone have any tips? I am getting mean and cranky, and I can get depressed easily when I don't get enough sleep. Typically I either can't fall asleep until 2-3 or in the morning, then wake up once for 2-3 hours, or I sleep for about an hour and half and then wake up around 2 and I am up for about 4 hours or so.</p>
 

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<p>Are you sure you're eating enough?  My insomnia during this pregnancy has always been due to not eating enough protein during the day before.  Of course, this might not be the case for you, if you have insomnia when you're not pregnant. </p>
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<p>My midwives suggested I keep a food journal, just for my own information, and although I thought I was really eating enough, I realized that I wasn't getting the 60-70 g of protein I needed a day. For me to be able to get in sufficient protein, I needed to really concentrate on eating enough every day.  I also notice that I don't *feel* hungry until I'm way starving these days, I figure it's because my stomach/intestines are all smooshed, so I may not feel hunger the same way as I would when not pregnant. I just kind of force myself to eat something on a schedule, rather than relying on my body to tell me that its hungry, which can be hard, but when I manage to do it consistently, I feel SO much better.   </p>
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<p>For waking up in the night, which still happens sometimes, I keep high-protein Cliff bars and batches of high-protein smoothies on hand, so I can just get up, eat/drink really quickly, and get back to bed. Usually I'm able to fall back to sleep. </p>
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<p>Some tips (I am sleeping OK-ish at the moment, but suffered from bad bouts of insomnia at different points in the past):</p>
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<p>-warm bath / hot shower before bed</p>
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<p>-go to bed an hour earlier, so you feel you're ahead of the game (I know this can backfire if you go to bed too early!)</p>
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<p>-relaxation exercise: once in bed, start relaxing body part by body part, from the toes up all the way to the top of your head.  Focus on each part and let it get really heavy and relaxed.  Try not to think of anything other than the relevant body part.</p>
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<p>-accept that you are not sleeping when it happens and feel good about your body (and mind) getting rest anyway.  Part of not being able to sleep comes from being stressed over not being able to sleep.  Knowing that your body is resting is very calming.</p>
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<p>-can you keep an easy to read book (together with the snacks already suggested) by your bedside to read a few pages in for when you really cannot fall back asleep?</p>
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<p>-I heard in my birthing class that pregnant women tend to sleep well in the mornings (probably from all those nights lying awake!).  Can you catch an extra hour in the morning or is it impossible in view of the care you need to give your dd?</p>
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<p>Good luck![</p>
 

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<p>-I heard in my birthing class that pregnant women tend to sleep well in the mornings (probably from all those nights lying awake!).  Can you catch an extra hour in the morning or is it impossible in view of the care you need to give your dd?</p>
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<p>Good luck![</p>
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<br><br><p> It seems the only time I can sleep is from 6 until 9. Luckily, DD goes to bed late and wakes up late and I haven't had the motivation to change it since the hours of 6 to 9 am are the only hours I do sleep and sleep well.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>expat_canuck</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281854/help-with-insomnia#post_16074412"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Are you sure you're eating enough?  My insomnia during this pregnancy has always been due to not eating enough protein during the day before.   </p>
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I will start paying attention to my protein, I haven't been eating a lot, I have lost my appetite again and m/s has come back a little, so I haven't eaten as much. I'll have to start eating my eggs every morning again!  I was getting sick of eating meat all the time.<br>
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<p>eating enough protein gives you tryptophan, the building block of serotonin, which converts to melatonin which is part of what signals your body to sleep. when it's circulating tryptophan sometimes competes with other amino acids, such as tyrosine, and having some carbs (and the resultant insulin spike) tends to shuttle the tyrosine into the liver and makes more tryptophan available to the brain, thereby promoting melatonin production.</p>
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<p>so have plenty of protein at supper or during the day, and maybe a small carb snack an hour or two before bed. like an apple :) it's also why a glass of milk (high in tryptophan) warmed with a drop of honey (high carb) is one of the old time insomnia cures. :)</p>
 

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<p>DDC but am suffering too....getting like 3 hours a night, tops if I am lucky. Last night it was 2. I try to just go with it and sleep when I can. Nap when I can even if I dont take naps I still dont sleep at night so i just sleep when i can, usually 2 hours at a time and that is the most. I broke down and took two benadryl the other night and slept fabulously. But I dont want to do that every night, so once a week I do that just to get some sleep in. It sucks.</p>
 

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<p>i've also had problems sleeping-when not pregnant & and pregnant. i've suffered from anxiety.  sometimes i get too into a book, so suduku or a diff puzzle might help you relax.</p>
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<p>That's a good tip about just listening to ur body & be happy that ur resting-even if u aren't sleeping. I think that's why I can't sleep sometimes-I'm too stressed about it.</p>
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<p>That makes since about the protien & I struggle w/ it since I'm not a huge meat fan.</p>
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<p>Hope it gets better.</p>
 

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<p>I found out sort of by accident that eating a complex carb/protein combo before bed (30 minutes or so) made a significant difference in my sleep.  I started getting some nasty heartburn again and found that I need to eat something about every two hours to keep it away.  So I started eating something before bed to help with the heartburn and voila, better sleep.  I've been doing rice protein shakes in the morning since about 16 wks and sometimes have another right before bed (which I might make a habit of until he shows up just to make sure I'm getting enough protein).</p>
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<p>Good luck figuring something out... as if we're not tired enough anyway, not getting sleep at night is like adding insult to injury!</p>
 
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