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Old May 30th, 2017, 14:28 PM   1
Pulirula
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Sleep all screwed up.


I try to go to bed at s reasonable time. Usually around 11. Then I wake up at 3 or 4ishand can't go back to sleep for hours until I have to get up at 7 to put my DD on the bus. I try to stay up but usually end up going back to sleep for a few hours late morning. I'm so thankful I don't have to work or I would really be exhausted. Does anyone have and advice to sleep all night?



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Old May 30th, 2017, 14:45 PM   2
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Cutting the nap?

I absolutely never nap. On very odd occasion I do nap, I never sleep well at night. Even when working full time and heavily pregnant, I still didn't nap. Go to bed earlier. 11 is pretty late when you are up at 7. If you get up through the night, absolutely no technology. No bright lights. Lying in bed can actually make it harder to get to sleep, I personally have a small drink of water/milk while sitting on the sofa then go back to bed.



 
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Old May 30th, 2017, 14:50 PM   3
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My body starts waking me to help me practice for nursing my baby, at around 34 weeks or so. This happens earlier, later, or not at all for some folks, and depending on the pregnancy, too. It started at 27w with one of my pregnancies, and I was NOT happy about it. lol. But I tend to wake up at some point in the middle of the night and then stay awake for a few hours, then go back to sleep for a few hours, then up for a few hours, then I'm ready to go back to sleep. After a few weeks of that, I'll have gradually moved to waking up every 2 hours. Then when the baby is born, I automatically wake up every 2 hours to nurse. At least once the baby is nursing, the body produces hormones that make you sleepy, so it's not difficult to go right back to sleep at that point. This might not be the case for you, but if it is your body's way of training you, I'm not sure if there's any way to get around it. If it's not, then I keep myself awake extra late, or do a lot of extra walking, for one day, and then I'll sleep all the way through the night, and I'll get a little extra exercise for a few days after that, too, to keep my sleep habits in check.



 
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Old May 30th, 2017, 16:37 PM   4
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I too have been waking up a lot at night. Or waking really early and not getting back to sleep. Usually about 5.30am. I have a combination of being uncomfortable, a bit of reflux, and just being wide awake. I have changed my bedding a lighter douvet and a thicker mattress topper as I was waking with sore hips (also have a full body pillow) It has made me a bit more comfortable. I have a fitbit that tracks my sleep. I certainly feel better going to bed earlier around 10pm most nights and up at 7am usually for getting organised for work. Can't help falling asleep on the couch some nights after ds1 is off to bed...



 
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Old May 30th, 2017, 16:47 PM   5
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My body starts waking me to help me practice for nursing my baby, at around 34 weeks or so. This happens earlier, later, or not at all for some folks, and depending on the pregnancy, too. It started at 27w with one of my pregnancies, and I was NOT happy about it. lol. But I tend to wake up at some point in the middle of the night and then stay awake for a few hours, then go back to sleep for a few hours, then up for a few hours, then I'm ready to go back to sleep. After a few weeks of that, I'll have gradually moved to waking up every 2 hours. Then when the baby is born, I automatically wake up every 2 hours to nurse. At least once the baby is nursing, the body produces hormones that make you sleepy, so it's not difficult to go right back to sleep at that point. This might not be the case for you, but if it is your body's way of training you, I'm not sure if there's any way to get around it. If it's not, then I keep myself awake extra late, or do a lot of extra walking, for one day, and then I'll sleep all the way through the night, and I'll get a little extra exercise for a few days after that, too, to keep my sleep habits in check.
This is what's happening to me, I'm up regularly throughout the night now, at least every 2 hours and I'm wide awake with it. Before I was pregnant if I woke during the night I'd be like a zombie but now I just get up wide awake and that's me for a good 20 mins 😩 I don't go back to bed straight away as lying there wide awake is the worst so I usually come downstairs and sit for a bit. I never nap though as tempted as I am as I find that's a sure way to make it worse during the night.



 
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Old May 30th, 2017, 16:49 PM   6
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I not so much wake up, than get woken up by the cat! Now it's lighter earlier it can be anytime from about 4 am. I have to get up and let him out, bu i usually go right back to sleep again. On the rare occasion I don't hear him and oh has to get up for him I notice the difference on having an interrupted nights sleep! But I heard recently that if you are awake and things going round in your head, to do something boring so you fall back to sleep again.



 
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Old May 30th, 2017, 16:57 PM   7
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I'm also having weird sleep lately, it's like my brain switches on suddenly and once it's on I obviously need a wee. I think I got up to wee six times last night.. and sore hips and needing antacids loads. Also having really vivid dreams, last night I dreamt I was in the bath and I had a really bad pain and the bath filled with blood (sorry for the over share) pregnancy dreams suck.

But I definitely agree with you xdx and I think it's a practice run in the third tri for when baby is here. If you went from perfect sleep every night to suddenly waking up every hour or two all night every night it would be a serious shock (which I'm sure some women do experience). I was of course very tired in the newborn days but waking up did feel okay and as you say breastfeeding helped me sleep more deeply than I had in the pregnancy even if it was in short bursts x



 
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Old May 30th, 2017, 17:10 PM   8
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I struggle with sleep, I finish work at 10 pm and even if I go to sleep straight away when I get home it takes me until about 1-2am to actually get to sleep because I get restless legs and can't get comfy without my leg twitching! Then I wake up about 5-6am absolutely wide awake until 8-9am when I nap for 2-3 hours before work! It's killer, I don't really understand how I'm surviving on such little sleep!



 
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Old May 30th, 2017, 19:47 PM   9
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I feel restless a lot at night. Everything is itchy, but not like oh rash itch but deep I want to rip my skin off type of itch. I just can't be touched by anything. My cat that is 10 years old has always cuddled with me at night. Especially if she hears me up she comes to lay next to my belly or chest but I can't deal with her lately and it makes me feel bad!! Shes been with me before I met my hubs so she's very used to her mama cuddles. I think the restlessness and itching has become so unbearable I'm calling my dr tomorrow and ask for an appt.



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Old May 31st, 2017, 08:04 AM   10
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Same, but I agree I feel prepared for the newborn phase. Everyone is saying how I should enjoy resting up now. Because soon I won't be able to. I roll my eyes every time and ask them if they've ever been pregnant...because I haven't slept in months. I'd rather have baby out and at least be able to lie comfortably because between the SPD, heartburn, suffocating from pregnancy rhinitis or baby pressing on my ribs, sleeping is pretty dreadful.

I will say I have been taking benadryl per my OB and it helps a little. I also take a bath right before bed and put on IcyHot on my back to help with the pain. Gets me to sleep, now whether I can get back to sleep once I wake up is another story.



 
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