Pregnancy Insomnia

 

Pregnancy insomnia

Pregnant woman with insomnia

This pregnancy has been worlds different from my first. Not only was the first trimester plagued with awful morning sickness, but I’ve been dealing with pregnancy insomnia practically the entire duration so far. I had a few incidents of insomnia when I was pregnant with my son, but nothing like this.

About 5 days a week I fall asleep for about 3-4 hours and then wake up. Once awake I’m usually awake for 2-4 hours before falling back asleep for a couple more hours rest before the morning. It’s very frustrating. I have tried everything. Soothing yoga at night, herbal teas, relaxation techniques, listening to calming music. Nothing seems to make me tired once I’m up. The energy that I wish I had during the day is coming to me at 2 am when it’s not appreciated.

At least I know I’m not alone. About 75 % of pregnant women report issues with insomnia. I’m not sure how many of them are suffering chronic insomnia like I am, but most know the frustration of it at some point in their pregnancy. If I surf the pregnancy web boards in the wee hours of the morning I am always relieved to see posts from other insomniacs.

The good news for me is since I work from home I am able to rest a bit during the day. I try to nap at least 30 minutes a day when my son is sleeping and that helps rejuvenate me a bit. If I’m unable to sleep during the day I try to find time to engage my son in some solo activity so I can at least put my feet up and relax a bit.

Oh, and I have found a new remedy that has been working well the past few nights. I stumbled upon the classic PBS show The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross on Netflix and am happy to report it has been aiding me in falling back asleep when insomnia strikes. Between the hypnotic painting techniques and the fact that Bob Ross has potentially the most calming and soothing voice ever, I can usually drift into sleepland within 30 – 45 minutes of turning it on. I hope this continues to work and who knows maybe I’ll become a better painter too.

Pregnancy insomnia is just one of many pregnancy symptoms that drive women crazy for nine months, but I also know how fast those months go by. Like all the other annoying side effects, it will pass and in the end will be totally worth the outcome.

Do you have any cures for pregnancy insomnia? If so feel free to share them with me. Thanks.

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