Post # 1
I know insomnia is common late in pregnancy, but does anyone have any ideas to help with it? This is the 2nd time this week where I’ve woken up at 3 and haven’t been able to go back to sleep. I don’t take naps, and I *try* to get in my daily 64oz of water and cut off fluids after 7pm so that I’m not getting up during the night to use the restroom– so it’s not that. I usually go to bed around 10:30 or 11, so it’s not that I don’t have a routine or that I’m going to bed too early either.
I think some of it may have to do with being so uncomfortable– I’m a stomach sleeper and sleeping on my side has been really uncomfortable, despite using extra pillows. I’d love to pack in a few more good nights of sleep before baby comes. Anyway– any tips??? Thanks!
ETA: Extra pillows = 2 king size pillows & a wedge for the belly. With only a few more weeks to go (at most), I don’t want to go out and buy a fancy pregnancy pillow that might not even help.
Post # 3
i experienced this later in pregnancy too. i would not only wake up at 3 or 4am and be WIDE awake – like, ready to go to work awake – but would also be starving.
i didn’t really find anything to keep me from waking up, but i found that not trying to fight it kept me from getting frustrated about it. i just came to expect it and would wake up, have a bowl of cereal, watch some tv, and fall back asleep after an hour or so. granted, by the time it was time to get up for work, i was exhausted, but i think it just comes with the territory 🙁
Post # 4
Reading books helped alot for me. If I basically go up from bed, there’s no going back. But if you have a book, it’s brighter, I usually read a few chapters, then fall asleep. Maybe that would help you aswell.
Post # 5
I’m in the exact same boat at the moment; except it’s been going on for two weeks. I can’t nap as I’m at work during the day…
I don’t drink late, exercise regularly early in the day so it doesn’t affect my sleep, have a good bedtime routine. I have no idea why I wake up like that, when I do, I tried reading, relaxing techniques, medidating, praying, nothing has worked!
I can’t wait to read some of the answers, maybe some will be things I haven’t tried already… good luck!