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Anything to help with sleeping??

(31 Posts)
Madamecastafiore Wed 25-Sep-13 10:59:49

Am going to end going crazy otherwise. Am managing about 4 hours a night and very rarely can get to sleep in the day. Just can't shutdown it seems!!

I even look forward to baby coming as am sure will manage more sleep then!!

Any ideas??

Am 33 weeks.

MrsHowardRoark Wed 25-Sep-13 11:05:58

I really hope there's an answer to this one. I have no advice but I am 25 weeks and I am sleeping less and less as each week goes by. I have a two year old toddler who is sleep resistant too, so I'm on my knees with tiredness.

Madamecastafiore Wed 25-Sep-13 11:09:08


I have 2 DCs but they older. Feel worse for you as must be awful having to keep your wits about you!

SmallBee Wed 25-Sep-13 11:11:07

I'm 37 weeks, the things I've found help are,
having a warm shower before bed,
no screens in the bedroom (not that I've actually managed to stick to that one!)
don't drink loads too soon before bed & use the loo right before you lie down,
If things get really bad try a dose of paracetamol. my midwife say it was fine for me to take normal dosage in pregnancy but I am still a bit careful.
Use all the pillows you can get your hands on to make yourself comfy.

I hope some of these work! good luck.

MissRatty Thu 26-Sep-13 21:39:26

I have found lavender oil quite good, i put a drop or two on my pillow, where I don't really lay and the smell send me off. I asked GP and mdwife and they said it was fine to use in third trimester. Bedsocks have also helped, bizarrely, as I keep getting cold feet!

Wickedgirl Sat 28-Sep-13 17:10:43

I'm in the same boat.. 38+3 and last night I slept for a whole hour. What the bloody hell is that about? I am exhausted today and may have a glass of wine in the bath tonight to see if the alcohol helps me to sleep

Xenadog Sun 29-Sep-13 04:23:26

The fact that I'm posting at 4.20am shows you I'm another of the nocturnal mums to be. Once I get up to go to the loo I just can't get back to sleep. I've had the hot milk which sometimes works but TBH I have so much going around my mind at the moment I can't think how I can ever get rest again!

Every little worry seems magnified and I know a good sleep would make me feel better but it just isn't coming!

I don't have any advice - will be interested to see what others do to get back to sleep.

PinkWitch803 Sun 29-Sep-13 04:45:28

I need sleep too. I am 27 weeks and haven't had a good night's sleep in months. I am planning a full night soon after the baby is born and expressing for DH to on feed.

a full night shouldn't be too much to ask as anything past 6 hours should do nicely.

I now know that lack of sleep can make me very irratiomal, and mixed in with hormones, I am surprised my family haven't committed me!

Apparentlychilled Sun 29-Sep-13 04:55:15

I'm up too at 22 weeks. I have a bad headcold brewing so my runny nose woke me and then I was cold and worrying about secondary school for DD (she's 4- this is NOT something u need to worry about right now!). And I'm cold so I'm drinking orange squash made w boiling water and have taken 2 paracetamol.

No tips, only sympathy!

PinkWitch803 Sun 29-Sep-13 05:20:18

Sympathy and hugs from me to you. I have a stinking cold too and just want to sleep it off but can't. I was tempted to pull an all nighter when I can breathe again to see if that knocks me out, but judging on the past 6 months, I doubt that would work!

PistachioTruffle Sun 29-Sep-13 05:35:26

More sympathy from me, I seem to drop off ok but Ping! I'm awake in the early hours and can't get back off. Watching with interest for ideas.

Smitten1981 Sun 29-Sep-13 05:39:34

I'm the same as you Pistachio. No problem getting to sleep but wide awake come 4:30am. Tonight's ailments are the remnants of a cold, chesty cough and acid reflux.

I'm 37 weeks pregnant and looking forward to the baby coming as I'll probably get more sleep then!

froubylou Sun 29-Sep-13 05:54:50

I'm awake too and have been for an hour or so.

Hip aches where I've laid on it. Baby wide awake and doing zumba in there. DP snoring.

Really want a hot drink. Oh and some porridge. But know if I get up now DP will wake up too and he is up for work at 5am every day for work so needs a lie in.

Am 28 weeks now and have been like this since a week before I poas lol.

PinkWitch803 Sun 29-Sep-13 06:21:47

Snoring sad oh I can't handle snoring. But credit where credit is due, usually DP is quite good about moving into a better position! I don't really want to disturb him either as he is like a duracell bunny when he is awake and the only time I see him stop is when he is asleep. It wouldn't be so bad if he wasn't working doubly hard at the mo to finish DIY projects in the house as well as work full time and look after me while I've been poorly, including housework where poss. He is being very strict and won't even let me bake a cake or do washing up!

BummyMummy77 Sun 29-Sep-13 10:55:00

Tonight's culprits in me getting an hours kip were backache, cystitis and my acid.

The next person that says 'enjoy your sleep before the baby' is getting kicked.

I always say "I'm pretty sure I'll get more sleep" and they give me this - she has no idea, pitying look. Grrrr.

Xenadog Sun 29-Sep-13 10:58:02

I'm also in the gang of "got a cold and feel rubbish plus my DP snores like I don't know what." All I seem to do is moan - bloody sick to death of being pregnant. AAGGGHHHH!!!

quackojuliet Sun 29-Sep-13 14:09:47

Oh dear I can relate too. Despite mountains of pillows I'm still having to wake every hour or so to turn where hip is aching, then needing a wee, then feeling absolutely ravenous, then food setting baby off to start breakdancing...aghhh!
Only 26 weeks so got plenty more to come I fear...

ladymalfoy Sun 29-Sep-13 14:44:48

Can I suggest Sanctuary Sleep range? I gave the body cream a go on Thursday and have been sleeping like a beast since. I got the treatment oil and use that on my hair after a shower at night now and the shine and smell in the morning is a bonus after the sleep.
It's pricey but works far better than the sleepy teas. It might be that my mind just gave into the exhaustion but it seems to calm my anxiety as well.

mycatlikestwiglets Sun 29-Sep-13 15:11:27

Reflexology is great for helping sleep - I've had it a few times this pregnancy and I've slept really well for the next few days

Sammi1986 Sun 29-Sep-13 22:42:34

Gah I am only 10+6 and not sleeping. It's going to be a loooong pregnancy :/ xx

BouncingBelly Sun 29-Sep-13 23:34:29

Not normally my cup of tea but I've downloaded a hypno birthing meditation cd to my MP3 player. The cd is an hour long and I barely make it past 10-15 mins before I'm asleep.
Plug in my headphones and drift off, even through OH persistent snoring! It actually worked with my 1st labour, sent me to sleep!! I went from contractions every 2 mins to having 2 in an hour listening to this cd!

Like I said, not normally my thing but I swear by it, gets me to sleep even when I feel like climbing the walls

PinkWitch803 Sun 29-Sep-13 23:35:21

See ya'll later smile

BTW - I have contacted a pregnancy reflexologist who does home visits (i think) to ask for help with sleeping, or lack of it. I told DP and he asked if she could cone round begore bedtime! That would be some out of hours job!

PistachioTruffle Mon 30-Sep-13 03:20:03

BouncingBelly, which hypnobirthing cd do you use? As you can probably tell by the time of posting, I'm awake yet again!

Dirtymistress Mon 30-Sep-13 03:29:43

Get a double duvet, fold in half, place underneath the sheet on your side of the bed. Like sleeping on a cloud! Even with terrible sciatica, I slept brilliantly through my last pregnancy. Only awake now because ds2 NEVER sleepsconfused

rootypig Mon 30-Sep-13 04:17:15

Swimming - don't laugh me out of town - it's both relaxing and properly tiring. Really nice for swollen legs and massive bump too.

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