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Old 07-25-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!

I am new here and so far this site seems to be what I've been looking for! My husband and I are expecting our first child in October and I have hit an insomnia rut. I am waking up every 2-3 hours (not even using the restroom on most wake ups!). Then I have a hard time falling back to sleep and am only able to do so after doing some relaxation (which does take a little while). Then I fight the whole process all over again. I find myself waking up at my "normal" morning time exhausted and I end up back in bed mid-morning for a nap and even lay down in the afternoon...what is going on??

Also, when I wake up during the night, I find myself more often than not on my back. I've always been a side sleeper and just can't understand why I'd suddenly start sleeping on my back. I've tried to pile pillows up against my back (am up to 3 tall now) and most of the time I end up just shoving the pile over on top of my poor husband!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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Old 07-25-2011, 02:35 PM   #2
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Stay off DS!! Lol, I had sleep problems before pregnancy and they did not go away. Sometimes, I slept on my "tummy" with a ton of pillows so my preggo belly would not be squished. Now, DS2 sleeps great but I stay on DS way too much now that I have this smartphone! I am glad I did not have it before, else I would have never slept.

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Old 07-25-2011, 03:21 PM   #3
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Read the warning label inside your refrigerator. Very long, very boring. Also works on restless children.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:27 PM   #4
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Read the warning label inside your refrigerator. Very long, very boring. Also works on restless children.
Lol! Never tried that one.

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I'm with you. My usual go-to, milk and/or a water-soluble magnesium supplement before bed, which always worked last time and most of this pregnancy is just not enough this week.
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:06 AM   #6
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midwife said tylenol pm....i try not to take it very often and not very late as i know i have to get up 6-630 with my daughter, but it has been helpful also i only take one instead of 2....ask your doctor/midwife
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Re: Insomnia tricks anyone?

I have very bad pre- and postpartum insomnia, to the point of needing prescription medication. I do my best to minimize the use of that, though. I use Vistaril in a very very small dose and will use Ambien later. I know others have had success with benadryl, unisom, or tylenol pm. But I try non-medical things first, like:

1. no napping. That messes up your night sleep.
2. Get some exercise and sunlight every day possible.
3. Eat a high protein diet, especially for dinner.
4. Reading a fun book before bed.
5. I sleep with a fan on, an eye mask on, and sometimes earplugs.

Good luck!
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I have very bad pre- and postpartum insomnia, to the point of needing prescription medication. I do my best to minimize the use of that, though. I use Vistaril in a very very small dose and will use Ambien later. I know others have had success with benadryl, unisom, or tylenol pm. But I try non-medical things first, like:

1. no napping. That messes up your night sleep.
2. Get some exercise and sunlight every day possible.
3. Eat a high protein diet, especially for dinner.
4. Reading a fun book before bed.
5. I sleep with a fan on, an eye mask on, and sometimes earplugs.

Good luck!
Thanks for the tips! I really do not want to take medication if I can help it at all! I may try #5 as that seems like something that may help me a lot. I had someone tell me that putting lavender either in a humidifier or sheet form in my pillow would help...might try that too. I have found the book reading part to be helpful when falling asleep in the first part but less helpful for staying asleep hehe.

Thanks for the tips everyone!
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:35 PM   #9
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Re: Insomnia tricks anyone?

I'm also due in October, and when I have insomnia issues, I read an old, familiar book It's kind of soothing and puts me right to sleep.
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