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#1 ELH05

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:47 AM

Arrgghh last 3 nights I've woken up anywhere from. 2am to 4am and can't get back to sleep. !  Driving me absolute bonkers.  This happened with my last PG but I don't remember it being this early (21 weeks)

Any suggestions or natural sleep aids ?

#2 MJCplus1

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

I've been suffering insomnia for the past month, surviving on Max 3-4 hours sleep a night and dealing with a sick 16 month old :-( Have not yet found a cure but have found pillow placement helping me relax and sleep a little better. Tried many diff combinations now I've found one I like poor DH has a tiny edge to sleep on but he knows how much I need my sleep right now so is happy to oblige - or mb he is too scared to touch the pillows in fear

Of my reaction! Lol

#3 LittleSpoon

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:27 PM

Hey ELH05 - generally I've been ok, I've been quite exhausted so nodded off ok.  But pre-pregnancy I did have some trouble and I've had the odd bad night since.

I used to take Swisse Sleep tablets, but my naturopath said they were not recommended during pregnancy.  But I think that was mainly in the first trimester.  Maybe check with a naturopath/pharmacist?

Sometimes, especially as the pregnancy progresses, I actually find I have trouble going to sleep (or back to sleep) because of aches and pains.  I find on these occasions a paracetamol tablet can help tremendously.

Otherwise breathing/meditation is the best think I've tried.  You can get meditation CDs, or apps if you have a smartphone.  Plug in your headphones and just follow along until you either relax or drift off.  The one other thing that has worked for me in the past are audio books.  I listen until I nod off.  Preferably books I've already read so I don't get too distracted (Harry Potter is my fav).  I highly recommend Halo Headphones for comfortable listening.

Good luck.

#4 ELH05

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

Thanks guys ill be seeing OB tomorrow so will ask him what he suggests !

#5 LibbyCo

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:50 AM

QUOTE (MJCplus1 @ 19/11/2012, 08:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've been suffering insomnia for the past month, surviving on Max 3-4 hours sleep a night and dealing with a sick 16 month old :-( Have not yet found a cure but have found pillow placement helping me relax and sleep a little better. Tried many diff combinations now I've found one I like poor DH has a tiny edge to sleep on but he knows how much I need my sleep right now so is happy to oblige - or mb he is too scared to touch the pillows in fear

Of my reaction! Lol


Hahaha I know exactly what you mean, he's not getting the duvet or the pillows!

#6 MinkyMonkey

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:56 AM

Yes! The baby is always kicking around like crazy between those times so I am guessing it's going to continue for a while once the baby is here too  ohmy.gif

Funny thing is in the first trimester I would always wake up around 2/3am to be sick sick.gif Sometimes I just need something to eat and I can get back to sleep other nights I never get back to sleep. I second mediation THIS one is my fave (works quite well getting my 3yo to sleep too:) )

#7 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:02 AM

Thought I might try to revive this thread. I'm generally a really good sleeper and have only had very occasional difficulty getting back to sleep after a visit to the loo since I've been pregnant. I'm sick at the moment though with a sore throat and cough that keep me awake. I try to go back to sleep but can't, so end up surfing the net on my phone until I can fall back asleep again. Think maybe I should try a meditation app as Little Spoon suggested. Any particular apps recommended? I will also look into the headphones mentioned.
Edited - iPhone typos!

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 02 January 2013 - 05:19 AM.


#8 BBV

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:56 AM

WD I've also been waking for lots of toilet breaks...and my heartburn has been keeping me awake longer than I would like..I think as I get bigger it's only going to get worse too. So I feel ur pain! Hope u feel better soon.

#9 LittleSpoon

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

Yep... It's middle of the night wake-ups for me too. Then an achy back stops me falling back asleep.

WD - I use an app called Pranyama Lite. It's easy to use and free. I can't recommend the headphones and audio books enough tho... They are much less stimulating than reading and give your eyes a rest even if you aren't sleeping. The best tip is to use books you know, makes it easier to drift off.

Hope you feel better soon.

#10 DomesticDivinity

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:05 AM

Yep, me too.

I lay awake for hours and it drives me insane. At least for DH sake I am not snoring when I am awake.

#11 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:12 PM

Thanks LittleSpoon - I'll check out the app.

DomesticDivinity - Hope you get some better sleep, but that's funny about the snoring!

I wonder if waking up and being so alert is our bodies way if getting us used to night feeds?


Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 03 January 2013 - 12:13 PM.


#12 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

Thanks everyone - hope we all get some better sleep soon!

Littlespoon - I just looked for the app, but couldn't find anything by that name, so I downloaded one of the other free apps suggested. Fingers crossed it helps!

#13 robot sm

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

QUOTE (WhimsicalDragonfly @ 03/01/2013, 01:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wonder if waking up and being so alert is our bodies way if getting us used to night feeds?


I overheard someone in a baby store telling a customer to make note of the times she was waking up during the night, as that will be the times that the baby wakes up once he/she's born!  I have no idea if it's true or not, seems a bit like an old wives tale to me, but if there's any truth to it, looks like I'll be up every 2-3 hours for quite a while yet...

I've recently had more trouble getting back to sleep, but for me I think it's because DH turns into a wriggling octopus as soon as he wakes up around 6am and can't get back to sleep, so keeps me awake.  Men!!

#14 LittleSpoon

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

Oops, sorry, I think I spelt it wrong Pranayama by Saagara.

#15 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

LittleSpoon - the one I downloaded ended up being the same one. It was just called Saagara in the app store, then when I downloaded it, it was called Pranayama!
RobotSimone - yeah prob just a wives tale. Or let's hope so!

#16 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:37 AM

And it's back! I woke to go to the loo at 3:30 this morning. Went back to bed, couldn't sleep as I was too hungry! Not sure why as I had a low GI dinner, ate more than I normally do, had two desserts - both ice-cream (long story why), then just had to have more ice-cream with malt sprinkled on top at 4:30!

Then I thought, while I'm up and wide awake, I would watch the last set of the men's final I had recorded as I couldn't stay upthat late. Then I thought I'd figure out how to post photos on EB!

I'm finally somewhat tired and am ready to go back to bed for a few more hours sleep. I think I should put the Calm Birth tracks on my iPod and listen to them with headphones when I can't sleep! I'll have to get the comfy headphones for sleeping...

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 28 January 2013 - 05:39 AM.


#17 spear_maiden

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:24 AM

Oh lovely. What a pita. I highly recommend listening to the tracks on your iPod like you said. I do that with my hypnobirthing and just normal meditation tracks and it works a treat. Eventually...



#18 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:18 PM

Yep, I really should do it. At least if I don't fall asleep straight away, I will be getting in some of my Calm Birth practice. DH and I listen to a track before we go to sleep each night but always fall asleep quite quickly which the instructor said is fine. DH has correctly pointed out since then that we prob need to be awake to listen to the whole thing on a few occasions as well though!

Problem is my computer is out if action and is the one linked to my iPod & iPhone sad.gif so I'll need DH to help me figure out what to do. He's been great trying to get the computer fixed for me, booking phone calls with Apple in US, working from home while the technician replaced components, making sure all my files are backed up on the external hard drive... I've asked him to let them know I'm due at the end of March so we need the problem fixed ASAP.

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 28 January 2013 - 12:22 PM.


#19 Clarial

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:00 AM

it is so much easier to snooze in the early afternoon than for me to sleep at night lately. I tried moving dinner to retirement home 5 o'clock sittings :-) but Heartburn prevails a lot lately.

Also DH trying to conserve costs and electricity by avoiding the AC makes me a heaving heartburning and grumpy bedfellow atm.

hope you are all sleeping well.

#20 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:53 AM

I've now got hunger-related insomnia. Despite eating a big healthy dinner & vanilla ice-cream for dessert I've been unable to sleep after I wake for the toilet. I feel so hungry in the early morning, so I've been getting up to eat cereal, then going back to sleep & having the most wonderful sleep! (And yep, I have breakfast again when I wake up for the second time!)

ETA - Hope things are getting better for you Clarial. It's hard to sleep when it's so hot. We don't have air con in the bedroom, just a ceiling fan. And I've been getting reflux a lot too. Hope your heartburn gets better.

Edited - iPhone spacing!

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 08 February 2013 - 05:05 AM.


#21 beckles5

Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:33 AM

HI All
I am not pregnant and don't belong in this section but have had three children and each time suffered with the most horrendous insomnia.  Worse each time actually and very difficult to cope with when you have two little ones to take care of still.  Anyway I did take for awhile sleeping tablets (Temaze) as nothing natural was working for me and I was getting into a nasty cycle of being very anxious when it came to sleeping.  My OB said they were ok.  I actually did not even have to take a whole tablet - only a 1/4 or a 1/2.  Another friends OB mentioned ADVIL.  Keep in mind just in case it stays as it is very important and necessary for mums to have sleep.  In hospital after the birth of your babies they can give them to you too and don't blink an eye lid.  And for the record all my children are perfectly happy and healthy.  I took when b/f too when needed.




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