Attention all fellow shift workers... I was having a chat with a friend yesterday about what you can/can't use as a sleeping aid post night shift. It seems all of the usual suspects are not recommended when TTC or during pregnancy - esp in first trimester. So, hit me with your suggestions! I usually take 25mg Phenergan. I only take it if I've worked a night shift and I'm working another one that night. So I usually only take it two or three times a month when I have 2+ nights in a row. I had a look the other day and it's a definite no go, which made me very sad lol. I need something to help me sleep. For example today I took nothing because I'm finished and I had a broken 2hr sleep. There's no way I could have crappy sleep like that and then back it up with another night shift, which are usually 12hr shifts. So I need your help shift workers of bub hub land. How did you do it?!
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09-02-2016 17:34 #1
Shift workers TTC/Pregnancy
09-02-2016 17:39 #2
Ive never needed a sleeping aide. I used to sleep ok between nights, but since having kids I freaking die and sleep and sleep between nights
09-02-2016 17:43 #3
My only suggestion is when you wake up you must lie there. No phones. No getting up. Lie there till its time to get up. It's a bit like controlled crying 😜. Eventually your body learns to quieten those voices saying "it's pointless lying here I might as well get up and do something".
09-02-2016 17:43 #4
I worked shift work when pregnant with my eldest and didn't use anything. But during my second pregnancy I was atrociously sick (hyperemesis) and my de prescribed me renitadine (or something, it was a few years ago) to help me sleep through the sickness a bit.
09-02-2016 17:56 #5
Oh yeah the tiredness does make the morning sickness worse. I spewed every night shift till 16 weeks. I stayed on shift till 38 weeks with no problem though. 12hr shifts on my feet was easier than being home with a toddler!
09-02-2016 18:23 #6
I envy those who don't need pharmaceutical help to sleep after night shifts! Seriously envious. I need something to try though. I'll try the whole lying in bed thing and not getting up, but I tend to get restless and headachy if I lie there too long, not sleeping
09-02-2016 18:29 #7
A lot of people swear by having rain/thunder sounds on loop. We have recently started doing it in our room and I find I am sleeping better and my shift working husband loves it (plus he can put it on loud to drown out the kids during the day)
09-02-2016 18:31 #8
From memory, Doxylamine is CatA. Used for sleeping and MS.
09-02-2016 18:50 #9
Shift workers TTC/Pregnancy
09-02-2016 19:32 #10Senior Member
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Restavit. Apparently totally safe in pregnancy and knocks you out big time. I took half a tablet after a night shift and slept all day so be careful maybe start with a quarter. Sold over the counter at chemists.
My friend took it for morning sickness alone but originally for sleeping
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