Tuesday, July 21, 2009

So that we're not completely sleep deprived BEFORE the baby comes

Anyone got some sleeping-through-the-night-tips for me? Not "for me" like, to help my baby in six months, "for me" like ME NOW YESTERDAY. This isn't a new topic around here. I've been a terrible sleeper my whole life. But it's worse, people - so much worse.

I can't go more than an hour without peeing, and it's not the urge I felt before. (Urge is a terrible word.) Because before when I really tried, I could shut it off and force myself back to sleep. And when I finally gave in, a very small, thimble-sized amount would exit my person.

But now? Now it's like a train is pushing down on my bladder, zooming into the station once an hour, on the hour. And when I go - I GO. I have no idea where it's coming from, and I'm sorry that I feel the need to tell you so much about my urine flow right now, but there you are.

So there's that.

Then there's the heat factor. I've always been a hot sleeper. My feets are especially sensitive. No socks, no footsie, no nothing. I actually require my feet to stick out the bottom of the blankets at all times. I'm diseased. But now that heat is kicked up like forty eleven notches. My eyeballs feel sweaty and I cannot cool down fast enough. And of course once I get cool enough to relax, it's time to pee again.

Did you think I was done?

I also wake up ravenously hungry at least twice in the night. As in, if you put a full Thanksgiving dinner in front of me, I'd eat three plates and then ask for a slice of pumpkin. But what in the hellz am I going to whip up in the middle of the night? And why does our baby think I'm bulking up to make weight for the next fight? I've already gained five pounds. No mas!

I have to turn my head in shame every morning when it's time for Clay to get up for work. Because I'm a sleep robber and he busted me and I need to do my time, people.

So. Tips? Thoughts? Therapy? Bueller? Mom?

17 comments:

  1. Yeah, so this is the least helpful comment ever, but I have no idea. I'm sorry. I know what it's like to get up and pee every hour because I do it too, but I have no idea how to make it stop. If you find out, let me know.

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  2. if ever there were a topic worthy of 20+ helpful comments...

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  3. Poor thing! I think maybe accepting the number of disturbances would be helpful, because we all know how much feeling upset and anxious helps in getting back to sleep! Then, (you know I was going to say this) have ready a specific mantra, breath awareness, number, etc. to calm yourself to sleep quickly....the mom person

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  4. Cindy C8:44 AM

    Wish I had helpful hints, but I do not. However, you made me smile with your witty descriptions. Maybe you can come to my class sometime to show the magic of words and language. I experienced a time in pregnancies when I was so sleepy it was difficult to stay awake. Maybe that will be the next phase.

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  5. I also have never been great at sleeping. But towards the end of my 2nd trimester, I was falling asleep during meetings at work and that kind of embarrassing stuff. Not that that helps you now, but there's some hope :)

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  6. christie11:52 AM

    Yeah, see, one of the wonderful things about pregnancy is that you are beyond tired at times when you can't/shouldn't sleep (like work) and WIDE awake at times when you can sleep (like 3 AM).

    Vitamin B6 + unisom = helps with nausea and might knock you out. Google it.

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  7. 20+ experience on the practical side.

    1) Astronauts wore diapers - just pee in them at night.

    2) Cheese makes you go to sleep and it fills your stomach also - kill two birds.

    There you have it, your good to go!

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  8. Santa2:21 PM

    When I can't get back to sleep I silently sing Christmas Carols to myself and way we go.

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  9. i have overactive bladder & some weird urethra thing majigger, and one time i woke up 8 times in one night.

    i can only imagine what the EF is gonna happen when i'm pregnant. and i'm scared.

    SLEEP STUFF - turn the lights off, tv off, computer off at least an hour before bedtime. read a book. soak your feet in the tub. go outside & feel the breeze. progressive muscle relaxation techniques - where you tense up your toes for 15 seconds, then relax for 30, tense up your ankles for 15 seconds, then relax - all the way up your body.

    tylenol pm maybe once a week just to get *some* sleep could help. benadryl, too. sleepy time tea, lavender on your pillow...

    eat something high protein before bed - like an egg, or peanut butter crackers.

    as for the cooling down thing, fans? :\

    i hope you feel betterrrr soonnnnnnnn *sings*

    i like your mom.

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  10. thank you for the tips, tippers!

    i do happen to be at that unfortunate place in pregnancy where during the DAY i could fall asleep if i blink too long, but at nite...another story.

    but last nite i did better! i think it was just luck?

    i like the tips, tho, friends and lovers. i shall incorporate, dot com.

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