are there any other mother's with insomnia?
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Tia - posted on 09/05/2010
I have dealt with chronic insomnia for years. Stress from life is usually what keeps me up but there is also the whole "check on the kids" during the night thing going on. I am like Gloria and if there is any noise, cannot sleep. I use a fan on medium to help drown out disturbances...and the hum from the fan is white noise which has proven to be soothing. Also, have you considered trying Melatonin? It's a natural substance in our bodies and is sold over the counter at most pharmacies. I would ask your Dr. first, though because I don't know your medical history. I have had CHF and my Dr. says it's okay for me to take it. It comes in different strengths and if your Dr. okays it, then he/she can suggest which mg would be best for you to try. I also have found that having a definite nightly routine helps. It's like I'm telling my subconscious "Okay, this is down time. Get ready to relax and go to sleep". I turn off the T.V. an hour before my set bedtime, no computer, either. Listen to soft music or read a book. These things help to relax me. Also, I don't eat after 7 p.m. or drink ANYthing with a lot of sugar/caffeine after 6 p.m. Sometimes a nice hot bath helps me to relax and putting on lotion with a soothing scent helps as well. I go for scents that smell like vanilla or remind me of the Holidays. I hope some of these ideas help you and that you're able to find something that works for you. Insomnia is such a burden!
Gloria - posted on 03/14/2012
I am sorry it took me a while to respond. I have to say when we think alot, it takes away our sleep. Drink less caffeine at nite and try not to stress out. We need to meditate. Noisy dogs or loud noises makes it impossible to sleep also. If you have alot of thoughts that make it hard to relax, write everything as a daily journal on a notepad. Deal with daily problems as they come and start the next day fresh. Some issues don't go away everyday. Deal with what you have to, and forget it the next day. I think about this guy so much that I can't sleep. Staying positive and not thinking of negative things helps us sleep better. When I write my thoughts down, I can think with a clear mind. Another good tip-stay away from drama. We have enough to deal with that we don't need someone elses drama. Keeping a clear mind makes it easier for us to sleep. Like myself I'm an empath and connected to many people. It takes a toll on me but I deal with life the only way I know how. I listen to soft music sunny 102.3 or 97.5 when I go to bed at nite. Daily stress isn't healthy for anyone. Let go of the past and face life head on as it comes and move on. I hope my insignt is helpful. I learned to step outside of myself and see what I'm doing wrong so I can fix it. Donya feel free to contact me on fb. Hope things work out for you.
Sherry - posted on 03/11/2012
I get 3-4 hours of sleep daily. I used to take benadryl to help me sleep. I no longer take it, as I am not a fan of taking any pills that are not 100% necessary. I have been off of the benadryl for about 4 years. Personally, I think my body has adjusted to where 3 hours is enough sleep.
Donya - posted on 03/11/2012
I have always, since I was really little, had trouble sleeping. It's REALLY bad now. If anyone here stays on late, feel free to message me. I'll be checking frequently. It's nice to have someone to talk to when I can't sleep.
Gloria - posted on 09/05/2010
Are you stressed out during the day? Do you deal with drama or think alot? I have the same problem but my biggest factor is dealing with a houseful of people. The weekends are worse when people invite themselves over and keep my boys up all night. Some say its the pillow or the bed, but there's more to it. I am a single mom of 3 teenage boys. When we have alot on our mind and worry about things, we tend to neglect our rest. Meditation helps, clear your mind, focus on positive things in life, at times that is difficult. Some of us are caffeine drinkers so sleeping isn't easy either. For me my house has to be completely quiet, other than playing music to make my night worth while. I feel suffocated when my quiet time is disturbed. I picked up eating flower seeds or giving someone an earful just to feel calm. Try not to let things get to you.
Shirley G - posted on 09/05/2010
I use to have cronic Insomina, & the Doctors couldn't find what was wrong with me he then put it down to stress. So i was advised to go away & reduce the stress in my life not how to, anyway I tried but I was still waking up around 2am it didn't matter what time I went to bed I would wake between 2 - 3.30am & be wide awake, I tried just laying there, having a warm drink, reading a book, going to the toliet none of theses didn't work for me. I joined a company called Ardyss International, & started to learn about their supplement range, & found the Coral Calcium, it did take a while about 2 weeks but it started to work, I have a over active mind that constantly running & that was another reason I was waking up, with idears stories, shopping list, people I needed to call, write to etc, my mind need to be calmed down & taking the ARDYSS CORAL CALCUIM has helped to improve my sleep I still wake up early to most people around 5 - 6.30am but I dont feel as tired & washed out as I did when I was waking up at 2am. I have also included a few other products but the 4 supplements I would not be without are 1 the levive, 2 the Coral Calcium the other 2 are to help with my other health issues. If you would like more information please call me on (uk 44 ) 077864 79271 SHIRLEY ARDYSS UK
Candice - posted on 07/17/2009
been there. i was on sleep meds for a year. you get so stressed waiting for the baby to wake up that you can't fall asleep even when she's asleep! talk to your doctor about it. there are meds that are safe to take while you're on "mom duty". they willl help you fall asleep without knocking you out completely so you can still respond when baby cries. i usually took them for a short period to get my sleep rythms back on track...but i was on and off them for a year until my daughter's sleep patterns got better.
Kristina - posted on 07/17/2009
Have you talked with you PCP concerning your sleep problems? I have been clinically diagnosed with mild insomnia. I have gone through a sleep study, taken sleep medication, only to have my insomnia worsen over time. I have alot of difficulty falling asleep and am a very light sleeper, so the slightest noise wakes me up. I also have a chemicl imbalance of seratonin in my brain which causes me not to reach REM sleep. I try not to nap and if I do it's always in my bed...NOT the couch, chair, etc!!! I also take melantonin on occasion and if I really have trouble sleeping I will take Tylenon PM. I've had adverse reactions to Ambien CR and Lunestra. I suggest talking to your PCP and possibly having a sleep study done; there might be an underlying cause to your insomnia. Good luck!
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