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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.

PinkWitch803 Mon 30-Sep-13 15:04:14

I have booked a reflexologist to come to my house tomorrow. I am able to claim back the money from a health thing I pay into and if it works I will have a few sessions to see if she can get me sleeping again.

She said she can't promise to 'cure' me, but will see what she can do. I am willing to try anything.

Last night I had my one night in a trillion that went well. I slept a total of five hours between loo visits and awake times, which is about normal, but I am sure I was properly unconscious when I was asleep as I feel a little less tired than usual. Which in the grand scheme of things is still not great, but much better than normal!

WhisperMen Mon 30-Sep-13 12:09:53

Can I join the no sleep club?

I usually toss and turn all night because my hips ache after an hour of lying on them and then I need the loo. Usually end up getting up at around 5am because I am just too uncomfortable lying down. Though last night was the worst sleep I've had yet. Had the usual tossing and turning and loo trips, but at 2am when I woke up I could not get back to sleep at all. I ended up getting up and writing a list of every baby item we now own. I am now so exhausted but I can't drift off for a nap either. Got a long walk up hill to the health centre and back again later which isn't going to be fun seeing as standing up for the length of time needed to make tea makes me want to sit down. Ahh the joys of pregnancy. only 11 weeks to go.

GreenSunrise Mon 30-Sep-13 09:25:53

Various things which have been helping me (although not always successful) are hypnobirthing cd - the one i have is "colour and calmness" which you can get with the Katharine graves book, warm bath or shower before bed, reading a book instead of watching tv just before bed or when I wake in the night, having a precautionary dose of gaviscon before going to bed even if I don't have heartburn at that point, trying to drink lots of fluids in the morning and less in late afternoon and evening to minimise night time toilet visits, spraying some sleep mist on my pillow- I have been using cussons mum and me one and it seems to help d h too. Finally, the most effective way of improving my sleep is to sleep in a different room to d h! Since having d c 1 I am a really light sleeper and d h is so fidgety that even if I don't remember waking in the night I still feel exhausted in the morning. I hope some of these are helpful.

BouncingBelly Mon 30-Sep-13 09:24:57

PistachioTruffle my friend lent me the cd from a yoga group she went to. I've looked online and I don't think its available to buy :-(
The lady who does the classes is called Lynda Hills perhaps if you contacted her, you could buy one direct? I really do recommend it.
Sleep deprivation sucks and I hope all you ladies get as much rest as possible while you can :-) xxx

BeQuicksieorBeDead Mon 30-Sep-13 05:06:35

Nice to know I am not alone. I was smug as hell until last week, hit 32 weeks and now never sleep for more than three hours. Can't believe I will be at school in two hours and have 70 three and four year olds in with me in four hours.... Arghhhhh!

I have no tips, when I wake up I read my book or come on mumsnet - try not to get stressed about being awake.

PinkWitch803 Mon 30-Sep-13 04:55:01

I am going to try swimming as soon as I get rid of this cold, but need to find a swimming costume good for boobs as well as bump. Any suggestions?

I think I will set up a question on forum for this...

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.

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

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.

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...

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!!!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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 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!

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.

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