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Anyone else having insomnia? I'm so tired sometimes and I just lay there for 3 hours not being able to fall asleep. Then I wake up early because of some sound and I can't get back to sleep again.<br><br>
Also doesn't help that baby decides to train for the olympics whenever I get comfortable.<br><br>
Any insomnia suggestions?
 

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Unfortunately I have no suggestions or tips for dealing with insomnia, if I did I'd be well rested fast asleep right now. I know in my case a lot is on my mind and by me being incapable of doing a thing about the very things I'm worried about it keeps me awake I night. However I will say this when I do manage to fall asleep usually I'm thinking of what's right in my life, I think back to better days and my good memories help me drift off...hope I could help<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've had some success with taking short naps. Not everyone can do this though--I have the luxury of being just a part-time student with no other kids. And my DH is laid off so he does most of the house. All I do are the jobs he doesn't know how, most of the cooking, and my schoolwork.<br><br>
That being said, I find I have a much easier time falling asleep if I've gotten an hour or two of naptime sometime between 10 am and 1 pm. I also find I wake much more easily at night than I used to and have a harder time getting back to sleep. I usually wake DH up to cuddle. That helps me get back to sleep usually, but I guess most DH's are employed and can't be woken up three times a night.<br><br>
We're certainly enjoying the unemployed time. Too bad it doesn't pay well.<br><br>
I think the waking up a billion times a night is just my body starting to tune itself to baby schedule. I've been *really* depressed the past week or so, and so even the weird pg schedule has been off, but before that I would sleep for one to three hours at a time, wake up, read/cuddle/pet the dog, go back to sleep, repeat...and then nap twice...once in late morning, once in afternoon (comfy couches in school for those naps). My body just kind of adapted itself to sleeping enough but rarely more than two hours at a time.<br><br>
I hope the depression abates a bit though bc it's making *all* sleep elusive. Today was a better day, so I have high hopes for tonight.
 

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Oh man, the evil <i>I</i>. I don't have many suggestions either Ms. Cindy as I've battled the insomnia monster off and on since I was a kid and it just s-u-c-k-s. Ugh. I usually just plug through it. Have DH give you a nice massage before bed, try relaxing in a warm bath maybe? If you're into caffiene, cut it. Meditate. I know you've probably tried these things and are probably like, gimme something I can use you silly woman! I like to read as well, though that usually makes it worse since I get so caught up in the story! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> I hope it gets better soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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That's what I've been thinking lately as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Sometimes I wake up every hour on the hour. Drives me nuts! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">
 

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The fact that I have to pee everytime is just an added bonus. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The fact that I have to pee everytime is just an added bonus. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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Mmmmmm.... that too. I'm just fine, then Niblett kicks me in the bladder.<br><br>
Oh, and just to complain further I can't breathe well when I'm laying down and can't stay asleep when I'm sitting up.... I need something to suspend myself from the ceiling.....
 

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I can fall asleep just fine, but staying asleep is another issue. I tend to wake a million times during the night and am often awake for an hour or more each time. Ugh...<br><br>
Witness the fact that I went to bed at 10:00pm, and it's now 1:15am and I'm awake, and on the computer.... back to bed.
 

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Just a thought because I had that trouble my first pg... it was my prenatal vitamin. I couldn't take it at night because it gave me insomnia! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I have had a chronic problem with sleep for years. I am a very light sleeper and pg made it worse. The last week has been better but whew! last night was bad. I was reading this thread at 2:00 a.m.! This was different than insomnia though-I was having the nuttiest dreams. All my worst fears realized ya know. Cops after my teenager-husband cheating-me cheating-seems like everytime I went to sleep some new crazy dream. I guess I shouldn't have gone to sleep watching that prison documentary <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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by the way napping afew times a day seemed to help me sleep better at night too.
 

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Actually I have some new suggestions. I am in law school, on bedrest, and so have insomnia. This is what helps me.<br><br>
Don't lie in bed. Then you associate your bed with insomnia. So get onto the couch, or sit up in another room, and do something mildly challenging and boring.<br><br>
My picks:<br><br>
1. law school work - If you want to try this remedy let me know as I have plenty to share (ha ha) But seriously, any semi serious boring book will do. Your local bookstore is filled with them.<br>
2. knitting (I've learned how and am working on the world's ugliest scarf. No one will wear it but doing a bunch of rows puts me to sleep).<br>
3. Sudoku - you can play online, but I prefer the little books you can get. Crosswords didn't do it for me.<br>
4. Wearing really warm socks and getting warm and cozy while doing any of the above.<br><br>
5. Online activity keeps me awake - not sure why.<br>
6. Don't nap during the day (hard advice to follow, but even a short nap dooms me.<br><br>
Good luck - Allie
 

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Gah! Exhaustion! Insomnia!<br><br>
Needed to vent on this here thread quicklikeabunny before I run off to class.<br><br>
I woke up *at least* five times last night. After going to bed at midnight, (got home from library at 11, ate dinner and watched Daily Show/Stephen Colbert with DH) it took me three hours to fall asleep. And then I woke up five times *that I remember* before the alarm went off at 8. I swear I didn't sleep for more than half an hour at a time. Today I woke up twice during my one-hour nap!<br><br>
This is just nuts. Now i have a three hour class starting soon. Here's hoping I manage to stay awake, especially during the hour-long drive home. And tomorrow I have to come to campus *again* for a seminar.<br><br>
Exams in three weeks, papers due in two, home visit in two weeks, house projects, and all kinds of other stuff, and I can't freaking stay asleep!<br><br>
Vent over.<br><br>
I'm going to class now.
 

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I've been having it too. A couple things that seem to help me is to use the softest sheets I can and wear the softest jammies because my skin is suddenly super sensitive. Also, I let myself fall into a pretty deep sleep on the sofa first and then go to bed. Since I'm still pretty much asleep when I get there, I go right back to sleep. When all else fails, I sit in the warm shower until the hot water tank is empty and then I can usually go to sleep.
 

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I have been up taking baths at 3 am. GRRR. Plus I have to pee every hour an a half, and then I get thirsty, so I drink more, and well, viscious cycle.<br><br>
I seem to be doing okay on less sleep though, ahh the wonders of hormones.<br><br>
I think our bodies are just doing their best to prepare us for whipping out our boobs at all hours.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I'm awake..... I'm freakin' flippin' flarkin' awake..... Its 4:15 am... DH is snoring loud enough to wake up the neighbors.... WANT TO SLEEPPPPPPP. GARGGGG.
 

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Well I am up--
 

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I just thought of another thing that helps me-I keep it a lot cooler in the house at night. This seems to help all of us sleep better. Even when not pg I have to have it cooler in the house at night. Saves on gas too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> The times when I don't sleep well is when I have warm pjs on or it's warmer than usual in the bedroom.
 

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I like it cooler, too. Unfortunately dh doesn't and we have a parrot who needs it a bit warmer. I've started just tossing off the blankets but then dh keeps pulling them up because he thinks I'm cold. I've just about gotten him used to it for me, but now he's worried that the babes are cold.
 
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