any suggestions on how i can get myself to sleep?

Louise - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my fiance was deployed just over a week ago. and i've not slept since. i have 2 kids under 5 to look after and i'm like the livivng dead. i don't want to take tablets incase i can't hear my youngst in the night... any ideas??

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Louise - posted on 09/27/2009

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well i've found that i can sleep if i am on the sofa, find it to hard to sleep in the bed that i usually share with my hubby.. not sleeping to great but its better than not sleeping at all.

Stephanie - posted on 09/24/2009

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One thing I've learned to do is not drink or eat anything with a lot of caffeine after 6pm. You should also try get sleep lotions/candles and things like that to help set the ambiance to enhance sleep. I take Tylenol PM sometimes, but I always calculate that it will take around an hour to kick in and at least 8 hours until it wears off. I hope you this helps. I know how hard it is to get sleep as well. I have a 21 month old and an 11 month old. :)

Amanda - posted on 08/10/2009

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Just like we are told to start a bedtime routine with our new babies so they will know what is coming, our adult bodies also plug into these cues, start yourself a relaxing bedtime routine,include your kids routine in yours to make it easier on yourself, instead of two seperate routines to work your mind around you will one lyhave one to deal with. I have heard that exorsise can cause sleeplessness so stay away from anything to strenuous, also when your body senses a drop in your core body temp that is a sighn for it to prepare for sleep so take a cool shower [although I gotta say on that last one I am the opposit, I take REALLY hot showers] depending on how badly it would screw with your families schedual you might try co sleeping with your kids, The only reason I ever started that was because our oldest, is having a really hard time this time and he asked if he could sleep in my bed, I said sure thinking it would help calm his anxiety but I was surprised that it gave me comfort also, just snuggling was nice :)

Kristina - posted on 08/10/2009

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Dear Louise,



Let me begin by saying, "Thank you for all you do!" Being a military wife is the HARDEST job in the military and we are often forgotten about! Please remember that you're never alone! Do you have any family/friends in the area that would be able to help with everyday life, especially taking care of your children? Your mind is in overdrive, and you need to find a way to relax...even though this may not be a word in your vocabulary right now!!! I enjoy reading, listening to calming music, warm baths, yoga, etc. I also drink Sleepytime Tea at night and if I really have difficulty sleeping I take Tylenol PM just to help me relax!!! Best wishes :)

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