I read on my kindle. Sometimes within 20 mins I can hardly keep my eyes open.
I can't do it! I generally put on a couple of episodes of a tv show on my laptop next to the bed, turn the screen brightness completely off so it's dark and turn the sound down so I can only just hear it, so I have to concentrate the tiniest bit to listen to it (and so that DP can't hear it on the other side of the bed!).
I go with shows that I've seen a billion times that I know will just relax me, things like The Simpsons or The Office. Happy shows!
Works every time! Otherwise I get increasingly more tense and awake the longer I lie there...
I read to make me tired ( books not phone as they say electronic stuff makes you not sleep well)
Some things I try;
- St John's Wort can help stop the "monkey chatter" of the brain. I use pharmacy vitamins or homepathic versions.
- valerian: herbal relaxant
- DF reads to Fuzzy and I (Fuzzy is in utero). DF reads when we go to bed, so I usually fall asleep this way. We are currently enjoying Wind in the Willows.
- Steal DF's sleep: If I am awake and DF isn't, I have to tell him. He rolls over and snuggles me so I "steal" sleep from him. He snuggles close, and I try my best to match my breathing to his. This works most of the time for me.
Lack of sleep is the worst
When I was pregnant with DD, I used to put my iPhone "Sleepmaker Wildlife" app on (specifically, the "Gentle birds open air mountains" one), and it helped me to just switch off. They're actual recordings of sounds so it really does sound like you're outside lying on grass in a meadow listening to the birds.
I don't generally have this problem when not pregnant, I am blessed with the ability to just switch off and fall asleep within minutes, but for some reason when I'm pregnant my mind goes crazy.
Another thing that helps is to focus on my breathing. I just focus on each breath in and out, and if my mind starts to wander I just refocus on the breaths. That one never fails, so if I just keep refocusing I'm asleep fairly quickly.
Some nights I can lay in bed for 4+ hours tossing and turning to try and sleep. It's a vicious cycle, the longer I have been trying to get to sleep for the more anxious I get about falling asleep which doesn't help! I have started taking Valerian to help make me a bit dozey, it still normally takes about an hour and a half of laying there trying to fall asleep but that's a big improvement!
I have a few loaded on my iPod and do them in the night if I really can't sleep. I usually only get through about 5-10 mins and I'm asleep. When pregnant I was listening to hypnobirthing cd and that also did the trick.
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I lay on the lounge and get lost in my fav tv show, and fall asleep that way.
Being kept awake all night because of worries is excruciating! I'm exactly the same as you.. the big preggo belly isn't helping, either. I've had bad insomnia for 2 weeks.. a mixture of being a chronic worry wort and pregnancy hormones, I suspect. What I do (or try to do) is change the channel in my head.. if a negative thought pops up, I'll try to distract myself with something else: last night I sat up and wrote out a list of everything I need to pack for the hospital and stuff I still need for the baby. It's a distraction for the short term, eventually sleep will come!
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