I had forgotten about pregnancy insomnia, well I hadn’t forgotten, just at how early it can occur. For several nights in a row I had been waking during the night to go to the toilet and then staying awake, wide awake, for at least an hour at a time and then sleeping fitfully after that. The next day is a write off. I know it prepares you for sleepless nights when the baby comes, but I at 19 weeks I am just not ready for that level of preparation yet!!
I posted a story on Instagram and had lots of you feedback. Nice to know I was not alone but what to do about it?
I have had so many recommendations; for drinking Cherry Concentrate, (which I had not heard of before but can be found on Amazon or Holland & Barrett), using a sleep app, like Calm (there is a 7 day trial and I have just downloaded it), meditation, some of the hypnobirthing breathing (I am doing the Positive Birth Company online course, absolute bargain at only £35 and there are breathing exercises and relaxation techniques in there that I have since been trying). Rescue Night remedy has also been recommended as well as bathing in epsom salts before bed.
I try not to go on my phone near bedtime (although I would for a guided sleep meditation and just not look at the screen) and I try not to look at my phone to see the time if I wake in the night, knowing that that will keep me awake for longer!
Having a decent pregnancy pillow has been a godsend. I have the BBHugme (pictured above), which was a gift from Scandiborn, which is like an enormous squishy sausage. It was also recommended by several of you. I absolutely love it, it has made every single family member jealous that they don’t have one and it has made my nights much more comfortable.
Lavender pillow spray was also recommended. I have an oil diffuser which I have on before bed (and am planning to use for my birth) but did not want it on all night, so I had a tissue with some lavender oil on which I inhaled deeply while doing my hypno birthing breathing techniques and I am really happy to say that although I woke during the night, I went back to sleep pretty quickly last night. Yay and long may that continue!
I think one of the worst things is that if you wake tired you can’t have a coffee. Although I did have a small coffee the other day and was amazed how powerful it was after so long abstaining!
So lack of sleep in pregnancy can be on and off throughout the pregnancy but hopefully some of these things will help. I am going to be trying all of them!!
Happy sleeping mama’s! xx