Damn insomnia.

I got 3 hours of sleep last night. None of them consecutive. It’s only partially baby’s fault. It’s this freaking insomnia. I can’t get back asleep. Since hypnosis was a success for labor, I’m scheduling an appointment with a hypnotherapist. Until I can get in, how do you get back to sleep? Barring that, how should I entertain myself during the 3 hour stretch between nursing when I can’t?

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4 thoughts on “Damn insomnia.

  1. I’ve battled insomnia for years, and I have a few tricks to help with getting (and staying) asleep. White noise helps – I have a 1hr-long CD of a rainstorm. I play it on repeat. Similarly, I downloaded an App called Sleepmaker. It has a number of different rain sounds – light, medium, heavy, on leaves, on pavement, into puddles, on a car roof, etc. You can choose your preferred rain noise and it will play 45 minutes, which is usually enough to get me sleeping again.

    When that isn’t working, I have this other CD called Music to Promote Sleep (it’s available on itunes as well). It’s weird, flowy music that is supposed to scientifically lull a person into sleep. I’ve been using it for 7 years or so, and I can only think of one time it didn’t work. Either I play it on repeat all night (it’s 1 hour long), or I play it once and if I wake up in the night, I set it to play again. Always works for me. It’s been a miracle.

    Also, I have subscriptions to Trazodone and Ambien. They help, too.

  2. Oh, honey. We are so alike it’s almost scary sometimes. Such bad insomnia during the early baby phases. And no, it wasn’t all Eli. He would wake up and eat and fall back asleep relatively quickly, but then I’d lie awake paranoid that if I moved he would wake up (he often did) or that he’d wake up again 20 minutes late (which again, he often did). This paranoia made it such that I rarely slept even when he slept long stretches. Perhaps the root of your insomnia is different, but I’m so sorry for whatever it is. I hope you find some relief in hypnotherapy.

    Now’s a great time to start a new TV series on Hulu or Netflix. Bones is rad, in my humble opinion, as a faithful watcher for all eight seasons–seven of which are on Netflix, so you won’t run out of material for awhile. (I hate starting a new series that’s barely in progress and not being able to binge on five seasons at once. It’s probably unhealthy.) I love the characters and the relationships, and the story of the show is itself quite interesting.

    There’s no time like the present to read the Thursday Next series if you haven’t already done so. 🙂

  3. Not falling back to sleep is one of the worst things, ever! I saw this study recently, and for the life of me I can’t remember where I saw/heard it, probably on the Today Show, but it said that being on our phones/online/tv within a few hours of going to bed makes it harder to fall asleep, the brain is too wired from them. It suggested avoiding these things a few hours before bed time and it helps the brain wind down at night, and helps you to fall asleep faster. I know for me when I’m lying in bed awake, I just waste time on my phone to help pass time until I’m tired, but apparently that’s no bueno. Maybe try to avoid those things…or, I’ve heard counting sheep works! 🙂

    Good luck, it’s so hard to function when you’re sleep deprived, but, it WILL get better, hang in there.

  4. Story of my life. What helps:
    -white noise (ideally if it is raining outside I crack the window)
    -A really great pillow. I resorted to a throw pillow last night that was surprisingly wonderful
    -I tell myself a soothing story. Or even better, just a part of a story. Usually it involves curling up with a handsome prince (face fuzzy) who has been pining for princess me for a long time
    -Tylenol PM
    -Avoiding looking ata screen before bed
    -Making sure my extremities are perfectly warm, I usually soak my feet in hot water before bed
    -Avoiding drinking late at night so I don’t have to get up to pee, to set off another cycle
    -Giving myself permission to sleep as late as necessary. I never really do, but it reduces my stress about not sleeping when I say “you can sleep whenever you need to to make this right.” That isn’t ENTIRELY true with little thing. But give yourself permission to always sleep instead of clean/cook/bathe whilst baby sleeps.

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