Insomnia Help

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mamagoose - January 29

I'm due on Wednesday, so I'm as big as a barn and I can hardly stand on my own two feet for more than 5 minutes... I'm EXHAUSTED! But as soon as I jump in bed and turn the lights off, it's like I'd drunk 10 cups of coffee before bed. I haven't slept more than 3-4 hours a night in two weeks, and now I feel like a zombie. I'm getting fatigue headaches and I can't concentrate, but no matter how I try, I just can't sleep! I've tried everything... I completely cut out caffeine, warm baths before bedtime, getting my dh to give me a back rub, but still, no sleep. I can't handle watching the clock tick past every hour at night anymore! Any tips, from anyone who's had the same problems? I'll be forever grateful!

 

Tammy276 - January 30

I know how you feel...I am only 32 weeks and can't sleep for c___p!!! I am not looking forward to the next 8 weeks! Try taking a tylenol PM to help you sleep..even if its just for one night to help refresh you a bit.....lay in bed and read a book or something, but whatever you do, don't watch the clock!! That seems to make it worse!! I can be so tired and lay in bed and I feel like I am ready to run a marathon...I think it is our bodies way of saying AAAAHHHHH, relaxation!!! I will turn the tv on and close my eyes and as long as I don't look at the clock, I am good to go...If I keep turning over to look at the clock, its like o.k...its 2, my son will be up in 6 hours.....then I look and its 2:30, then 3.....and I am so worried about what time it is, that Ithink that is what is preventing me from falling asleep.

 

emunah - January 30

Welcome to the insomnia club! As you can see from the time of my post, I am very much in the same boat. I sleep 2-3 hours a night and that's it. It's very difficult in the end, but hang in there. It's all part of the bodys process of preparing for birth. I don't think there is much you can do, except if you can grab a nap in the day, do so. Good luck.

 

redhead125 - January 30

Try a relaxation cd or yoga before bed. Try reading something light (no pregnancy/parenting books) before bed. Do some slow, deep breathing, taking a slight pause between inhalation and exhalation. Also, make sure your bedroom isn't too warm.

 

mamagoose - January 30

Thanks for the tips, I'll try them out for tonight. I just want a few good nights rest before the baby comes (or I might be the first person to fall asleep while delivering, haha!)

 

Steph - January 30

I had horrible insomnia when I was pregnant and my doc okayed me to take Tylenol PM. Not every night, but a few times per week when it was drastically needed. :o) It really helped and it got my sanity back! Good luck and sleep well!!!

 

hillcrest - January 31

OMG! I am going thru the same thing, PLUS itchy skin!!! all night long...and i dont even sleep during the day! I try to close my eyes and concentrate on sleeping but nooooo!!!...i have like 8 weeks to go! i dunno if it'll stay the same or get bettter, i look so messed up! dark circles,i look lost during the day! just BLAH! please someone out there pray for me (and for rest of the ladies who are going thru hell! at nite) ESPECIALLY for the itchy skin..so mama u see ur case isnt the worst! so hang in there...atleast u get 3-4 hrs! some nights i dont get ANY!...GOODLUCK

 

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