I'm so tired-do I need to be going to sleep same time as baby

Sara - posted on 11/05/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My baby is nearly 6 months and the last week I have been exhausted, she goes down by 9.30pm at the latest and sleeps until 7.30-8am.i can't seem to pick up from feeling tired.Should I be going to bed early to catch up on sleep? If I do thia I'd never seey hubby!

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Guest - posted on 11/05/2014

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A few nights of interrupted sleep shouldn't leave you so exhausted....tiered, yes, but not exhausted.

It very well could be iron, it could also be thyroid, or estrogen, or any number of things....just keep doing tests until you find it. They can't test for everything at once, so it could take some time...don't get mad at your doc if she can't figure out right a way.

Sara - posted on 11/05/2014

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Hi thanks for your comment, she very rarely does wake at night but few nights she has cried in the night and ive woken up, so im having disturbed sleep.I have also had a blood tesr to see if im anemic as when I had my baby I lost 4 pints of blood and doctor took me off iron without checking my levels ( seeing a different doctor now).Have explained to doctor my symptoms as also have dizziness and he thinks it is lack of iron.Wait and see what results say.

Guest - posted on 11/05/2014

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Is she still waking at night? If so, your quality of sleep is diminished because you do not have time to reach the deepest levels of the sleep cycle. When we wake up before reaching those later parts of the sleep cycle, we have to start at the beginning again when we fall back to sleep. Not reaching those levels at night leaves us feeling exhausted and unrested, even though we got several hours of sleep. This means you don't necessarily need MORE sleep, but rather a longer stretch of uninterrupted sleep. Ask your husband to get up with the baby on Friday nights, or whatever night he does not have to go into work the next day.

If she is not waking at night, and you are sleeping through the whole 9 to 10 hours, you may need to get checked out by your doctor. Often, going through pregnancy and the resulting birth can throw our hormones off, causing chemical changes in our bodies that affect everything from how we sleep, to how we store fat, to how our emotions are distributed.

Lastly, watch your diet carefully. When we have babies, life gets disorganized and we tend to reach for quick and easy meals throughout the day--usually heavily processed and full of carbohydrates. Make sure you are getting adequate proteins every day. Avoid sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and other processed sweeteners to avoid sugar crash. Excessive carbohydrates can also cause a slum in energy. In moderation, sweets and carbs can give us a boost of quick energy when we are tired, so it is natural to reach for them, but if we start depending on them daily, we lose the effect of the energy boost and just start craving more and more of them.

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