Listen to MNers talking about sleep, stress and energy on the Boots Feel Good Forum and tell us what you think - voucher to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 12-Apr-13 10:39:39

We hope lots of you tuned in to the Boots Feel Good Forum about sleep, stress and energy, but if you missed it, please listen to the podcast. The show discusses ways to improve sleep, cope with stress and feel more energised. MNers have been posting about this - please see their comments below.

The show features Sleep Expert Professor Colin Espie, Behavioural Psychologist Emma Kenny and Registered Nutritionist Sarah Bernard. Professor Espie and Sarah have also answered some MNers' Qs that they didn't have time to cover on the show on this thread so please have a read of those below.

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issypiggle Sat 13-Apr-13 02:12:30

I am finding that I am awake 2 or 3 nights a week at the moment. I'm not aware of anything bothering me, I just go up to bed and suddenly I'm wide awake and then get restless. It's getting me down in the day, I'm running out of ideas to wind down at the end of the day.

lightsandshapes Sat 13-Apr-13 06:44:18

I work part time and have a ds 16 months who regularly wakes at night. I have to care for him in the night and be on form in the day. The exhaustion is really piling up and I have no time or energy to do fun things. Any suggestions? confused

Kveta Sat 13-Apr-13 08:21:48

I've always been a poor sleeper, and since having children have survived on incredibly little sleep.

Is there a way to train yourself to sleep, even when you are inevitably going to be woken several times a night? I can never get back to sleep after being woken, so will often get through a day on 2 or 3 hours sleep, and it is not doing me any good at all!

I never really suffered with insomnia until I got pg, them it was a nightmare. So little sleep I was signed off sick from work. My Dd is now 11m & generally sleeps pretty well. I am back at work but my sleep pattern has never gone back to anything like normal. Even on nights when Dd has been asleep for hours, I often can't get to sleep until the early hours. I have to get up at 6 for work so it's really inconvenient. I don't have caffeine after midday, rarely drink & even then I only have 1 glass. Please help as I can barely get through the day sometimes.

fuckwittery Sat 13-Apr-13 09:28:40

Has gazza come back? I think he must be winding us up! (Geddit)

GreatGooglyMoogly Sat 13-Apr-13 10:06:13

Do you have any tips to stop snoring?

Blatherskite Sat 13-Apr-13 10:15:24

I find I can only sleep on my front but this means I wake up with achey shoulders and neck. Is there anything I can do to help this?

PolkaDotCups Sat 13-Apr-13 10:22:24

When my baby wakes up (she is 7 months old so not that little now) I just can't get back to sleep. She does sleep through about one night in three and I sleep soundly these nights but on the nights she does wake, that's it. It's not a problem when she wakes at 5am but twice last week she woke up between 1.30 and 2am.

I've tried making a hot milk, lying quietly in the dark, reading in bed, browsing the internet, getting up and doing things but nothing makes me sleepy again at all.

How can I get back to sleep? I do have quite a lot of work related stress which doesn't help.

My DH has worked nights for the best part of 20 years. At the moment due to our different work hours and childcare demands he's often unable to get more than 3-4 hours uninterrupted rest at a time (At best).

He ends up sleeping for two limited sessions a day. He's always grumpy when he wakes up, often sleeps through alarms and is generally more stressed.

What are likely to be the long term effects on his health?

And, As there is no immediate alternative unless he finds another job, how can he make the best of the sleep he can get?

Ida3456 Sat 13-Apr-13 11:57:36

I was wondering what the benefits/risks are of taking pro plus or other caffeine-type tablets, in comparison to loading up on lucozade or other energy drinks? I realise neither are ideal - but sometimes there is not alternative (shift workers know what I mean!)

BadRoly Sat 13-Apr-13 13:35:44

I have been suffering from chronic idiopathic urticaria for years now. I am currently 'under' 3 specialists who are trying to treat the symptoms (dermatology, immunology and gynaecology) due to a massive flare up that I've been suffering for just over a year now.

All agree that stress is the underlying cause. I initially "flared" after a bad viral cold/flu like infection. Shortly afterwards my husband was made redundant. He quickly found work but 4.5 hours drive away leaving me home with 4dc during the week (in a town we moved to 2 years previously for work!)

This was followed less than 2 months later by the death of both my father in law AND my Dad in the same week!

Written down it all reads like a soap opera script (and it feels a bit like I one too)! I have been/am coping with everything but clearly the subconscious stress is coming out in the hives.

How would you suggest a begin trying to tackle treating the stress? I am not averse to complimentary therapies but have no idea how to avoid the charlatans or where to begin.

Sorry it's long and thank you

fuckwittery Sat 13-Apr-13 14:25:50

Oh, can I post another one please, on behalf of dh? He also works shifts. He works a pattern comprising of early shifts (7am to 5pm), lates (3pm to midnight), half nights (5pm to 2am) and nights (10pm to 7am)
It's a complicated 5 week pattern but looks something like this
Early, early, early, rest, rest, night, night, night, rest, rest, early, late, half night, half night, rest, rest, early, early, early, rest, rest, night, night, night, night, rest, rest, rest, late, late, late, rest rest, early etc.

Have you got any tips for trying to constantly change shift like this, he gets his body clock stuck on days or nights and finds the transition really hard.

Littlecherublegs Sat 13-Apr-13 16:23:41

Is there any evidence to suggest working night shifts has any negative health implications - long or short term?

serendipity1980 Sat 13-Apr-13 16:30:39

My husband has a real problem with waking up too early on a regular basis and not being able to get back to sleep. This leaves him very tired in the day which is affecting our home life. Please do you have any suggestions?

BadMissM Sat 13-Apr-13 17:52:15

As a pregnant mumsnetter, I wondered what advice the FeelGood Forum could give on actually getting a good night's sleep whilst pregnant? I was on lots of pain medication before I was pregnant, and am struggling both with bump and pain...

GetKnitted Sat 13-Apr-13 21:22:45

sometimes it feels like I never really really get a break, I have me time in the evenings after bedtime, but I'm knackered by then and it seems to go so fast. any advice?

florencebabyjo Sat 13-Apr-13 21:59:33

Hi, I have 5 children aged from 1-11 and seem to have got myself in a bad sleep pattern. I have no trouble getting off to sleep but then wake up at 3ish and can't get back to sleep. I don't feel stressed particularly but not sleeping properly is definitely taking its toll!

flamingtoaster Sat 13-Apr-13 22:17:23

What are the best ways to deal with stress? I do the 4-7-8 breathing exercise and it really helps but are there other things I could do which would help?

Mehrida Sat 13-Apr-13 22:45:56

I go back to work after mat leave next month. At the moment, DS sleeps through about two nights per week and wakes once or twice on the others.

Although this is a HUGE improvement on six months ago, it's still pretty tiring and likely to be even more so when I'm back to work and can't have my own naps during the day.

What are your top tips for managing to stay focussed/awake/compus mentis at work when you're totally knackered?

lorisparkle Sat 13-Apr-13 23:32:54

I've had 7 years of limited and broken sleep due to pregnancy and children who don't sleep well and now my youngest has just starting sleeping through the night occasionally. Unfortunately I am really struggling now. If he does not wake I wake up and can't sleep, and if anyone does wake up I feel really awful in the morning. I seemed to be able to cope much better with very limited sleep every night than with occasional limited sleep. Why is this and what can help!?

caci Sun 14-Apr-13 01:02:18

I can't sleep without reading and i need to fall asleep with a book otherwise my brain doesn't stop buzzing. Trouble is then I sleep with the lights on which i think doesn't help with sleep quality. Any suggestions?

Ginga66 Sun 14-Apr-13 01:15:24

I have not slept properly since my first son, now four, was born. He is in his own room now but I am co sleeping with my second who is now ten month. I find that I sleep best when cat napping when I'm putting four year old to bed so get maybe half an hour. Then I'm up again with ds2 maybe waking four or five times in night.
In the morning I am cross eyed. I am quite anxious anyway by nature but have to go back to work in six weeks and have no idea how I will Cope on the frugal amount of sleep I'm now getting. I struggle to relax but try a bit of yoga a few times a week. Mainly I'm on my iPad late at nigh for company as dh has decamped to ds1 room to avoid being in same sleep deprived boat.

Springforward Sun 14-Apr-13 01:23:46

Is there anything I can do to overcome middle of the night insomnia during pregnancy?

missorinoco Sun 14-Apr-13 02:08:28

It's two am now and I can't sleep. This happens periodically, probably a combination of stress and an overactive mind make it worse.

I don't drink caffeine after six, don't eat heavy meals in the evening, rarely drink more than two glasses of wine when I drink. (I really am quite boring looking at this.)

Tips on how to avoid it? ANd how to stop milling over everything in my mind when I want my brain to switch off and sleep.

CheeryCherry Sun 14-Apr-13 06:57:52

My husbands excema keeps us both awake at night, he itches and scratches so much that he bleeds on the bedding sad We keep the room cool, have cotton bedding and use non bio washing products. At a loss to solve it for him. Any ideas gratefully received. Thanks.

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