Post # 1
I posted a few weeks ago that my OB said I had developed anemia, and that I was starting iron supplements… Well I never had a good night sleep since then. I’m talking not being able to fall asleep, and then waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep for hours.
Obviously this isn’t good. When the alarm goes on in the morning, I am too tired to get up, so this is my second day that I take sick leave at work. Not sleeping makes my immune system weaker, and I’ve had a sore throat and runny nose for over 5 days now. Not to mention I am not able to hit the gym, which makes me grumpy.
So, two questions for you ladies:
1) Has anyone ever had this side effect from taking iron supplements? I’ve been researching this and everything I find says the opposite, that iron is supposed to help with insomnia. Obviously not in my case… anyone else?
2) WHAT DO I DO?? I want to be able to sleep! Worst part is, I’m home and am not even able to nap! I don’t want this to affect my baby! Oh, and I am taking the iron first thing in the morning, so there’s no way I can take it earlier so it doesn’t affect my nights…
Thanks for the advice!
Post # 3
I haven’t had insomnia issues from iron supplements, but I did have pregnancy insomnia, once in a while.
You can take some sleep aids during pregnancy; ask your doctor for specifics, but many will ok Tylenol PM or Unisom. Also, I’ve heard that, if you can’t fall asleep, you should get out of bed and do something else for a while. Try to go back to sleep after an hour or so. Warm baths always made me feel sleepy, but I know they don’t work for everyone.
Post # 4
Yeah last night I just got fed up and got out of bed to read… for two hours, and it wasn’t even a good book.
I see my OB next Monday, and I will definitely talk to her about that; but I need to do something before then, cause I’m going crazy.
Post # 5
I read an article a while back about a study that showed cooling off the brain may help with insomnia. I thought it was really interesting, and I thought this could probably be tested at home by wearing one of those cooling medicated pads for migraines. If nothing else works, you might get some relief from that!
Post # 6
I am not taking iron supplements, but I occaisionally have some pregnancy insomnia (usually after getting up to go pee). I’ve started listening to music or relaxing yoga podcasts (like meditation, or full-body relaxation techniques) on my headphones to help fall back asleep. For me, I think it’s mostly a mental thing getting back to sleep. It really helps, because it sucks to be pregnant and operating on too little sleep.
Post # 7
Tivo or buy a DVD of PBS’s Poirot or Sherlock Holmes. If I can’t fall asleep, I put Poirot on (along witht the TV Sleep Timer) and within 10-15 I’m out like a light. It’s something about the slow pace and gentle music, but just enough stimulation that I can’t let my mind wander to other things.
The other thing is Melatonin. But I don’t know how safe that is if you are preg or breastfeeding. Start with a very small amount (.25mg, may have to cut a pill) and work your way up till you find a dose that works, but not more than 5mg).
Post # 8
@mommytobee: What time of the day are you taking the supplements? If you’re taking them at lunch or later in the day, that could be affecting your sleep. So maybe make sure you eat breakfast right when you get up and then take them with breakfast? (just trying to throw things out there)
I used to have a problem with vitamins giving me insomnia, and taking them as early as possible in the day seemed to help.