How to re-learn how to sleep!

Robyn - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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After many years of getting up to children and then sleepless nights over a sick teenager I now have my children all settled and sleeping but I can't!!!

Have tried all the usual relax before bed idea's so am looking for any innovative ideas out there to relearn how to sleep :0)

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Lorie - posted on 10/10/2009

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Hello Robyn!!

Two or three weeks before our baby was born.. I thought I was going to go crazy!! I didn't try this one but we have given to our kids... Melatonin (Rite Aid or Walmart) But What I was on for two or three weeks was Ambien.........and I loved it.. but you need to get it from the Dr. Hope this helps!!

Lorie

Michelle - posted on 10/10/2009

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the body shop sells a sleep ease mist spray, its got lavender in it & some other herbs its fantastic just srpay it on your bedding or pjs its amazing how well it works!!!!!! give it a go what have you got to loose? certainly not more sleep, good luck!!!

Annie - posted on 10/08/2009

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I've had problems with this. Not only that, I have a helpful husband who snores which only makes things worse. Alex was sleeping through but I wasn't - so frustrating!

I made a bedtime routine of reading 2 pages of book. I chucked hubby out of bed for a week and for the first 2 nights took Syndol (paracetomol with a muscle relaxant). Everytime I woke up, I just popped the light on, read 2 pages and turned over to sleep. Eventually after about 5 nights, I was sleeping through. After that, I felt awake for the first time in 2 years...actually IN rather than 'lights on, but noone's home'. Good luck whatever you do and tell us what worked for you :)) x

Gabriella - posted on 10/08/2009

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I suggest making a routine and you have to stick with it. Even when you can't fall asleep, lay in bed and don't move, don't get up, don't think about the kids, just think about your breathing. Relax the muscles in your forehead, then your cheeks, then your jaw, you neck, all the muscles in your body group by group. Feel yourself sinking into the bed and give the Prime Dreamz (find it at www.marketamerica.com/gabriellawaters) a try. When you can completely relax and break your focus from the daily grind, your brain and body can rest. Questions, fee free to send me a message! Sweet dreams!

Melissa - posted on 10/08/2009

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LAVENDAR!!! Bath and Body Works makes an AWESOME lavendar spray that you put on your pillow at night. Your body is probably used to not getting all of the sleep huh? :) Or, try reading your insurance papers...those should be enough to put anyone to sleep!

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I had this problem, actually have lived with it since I was a small chld. I've found that once the body learns a new routine, it won't change without "retraining". My solution, was to take an over the counter sleep product (Unisom, Benedryl are examples, anything with diphenhydrine) for just a couple of nights. It usually breaks the cycle and I am able to return to my normal routine with no more problem "until the next bout of family illness or distraction, whatever that may be." Just be aware, you may feel groggy the next morning, so sometimes a weekend or when you have time to sleep in are best. You can also take 1/2 the dosage. Good luck!!!

Candice - posted on 10/08/2009

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don't nap. and ATIVAN. lol. when i get insomnia (happens at least once a year, baby or not) i go on a very low dose of ativan for up to 10 days to reset my sleep cycle. works every time. it's not a knock out drug, just quiets the mind.



I totally relate. when my daughter FINALLY started sleeping through the night after 14 months, it took me a while to be able to sleep along with her. how frustrating is that eh!

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