C.T. asks from Santa Rosa, CA on March 18, 2008
I Can't Sleep
Help! I am suffering from severe insomnia. I am up an average of 2-4 hours/night regardless of my son waking or not. I have never suffered insomnia before. Any ideas on getting some sleep? Dr. says she can't recommend anything as it may effect the baby through breastmilk. I hear it is caused by my hormones adjusting postpartum. Has anyone else experienced this? I am working a 4-10 schedule and am exhausted enough without this new problem. HELP!
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I am overwhelmed by the response to my sleep problem. Thank you all so much! I am going to try as many suggestions as possible and keep you posted on the results. Again, thank you so much for your support. Slept a whole 6 hours last night. Up at 3:30 as Dean is teething. Today I work from 7 to 5:30. My only work breaks are to pump. Wondering if I am overtired, and like Dean, it's keeping me from sleeping. Tonight I will try the chamomile tea and go from there. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Cheers, C.
P.R. answers from Bakersfield on March 19, 2008
you might want to try Tylenol PM's they did the trick for me on the nights i couldnt sleep while i was breastfeeding. My Doctor told me that was all he could give me or sugest for me to use, because i was breastfeeding my youngest, stephen. it never had a efect on him, n it relaxed me enough to sleep. even though i am no longer breastfeading, i still use it on nights that i cant sleep...
C.M. answers from San Francisco on March 19, 2008
H.B. answers from San Francisco on March 19, 2008
I agree with Linda's post. I also took a Mindfulness Stress Reduction class at El Camino Hospital. One of the things they have you do is listen to a CD with guided meditation, the first of which is called the Body Scan. The Body Scan puts me to sleep every time I listen to it! It is very relaxing. I think it's awful that others have posted comments trying to get you to take drugs or sell you something. Having said that, the Mindfulness class is a bit pricey but I'm not gaining anything by telling you about it. I'm just speaking from my own experience. I haven't listened to it, but I know that one of the Mindfulness Class teachers has a CD for insomnia. Here's the link:
One other thing, if you try out the body scan CD, I would edit out the chimes at the end so they don't wake you up.
S.J. answers from San Francisco on March 18, 2008
I say try and relax, I had that prior to having my son and I almost every night didn't want to go to sleep because I knew I would be up at 2am for at least 1 hour. I was always so worried about sleeping through the night.
I had a friend make me this little pillow stuffer that had Lavender in it. I used it a few times and I actually slept better...
If I am having a hard time falling asleep I even have gone to Bath and Body and purchased Linen Spray (Lavender) and sray that on my pillow and blankets and sheets.
That seems to do the trick. Just like they say that Johnson and Johnson lavender wash and lotion helps our Little ones, try using Lavender wash on yourself along with the lavender linen spray
It's better than doing the pills, and since you aren't able to use them anyway, Can't hurt to try this. Helped me.
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S.W. answers from San Francisco on March 19, 2008
I'm sorry this is happening to you. This did happen to me and it was quite serious. You could try listening to books on tape. Sometimes they put you to sleep and even if they don't at least your eyes get rested.
P.Q. answers from San Francisco on March 19, 2008
You are overwhelmed and your mind/body are responding to that. Being a new mother is an important and difficult thing to be. Is it possible for you to take some time off work to slow your life down. You and your baby should be your priority right now. Is there someone, your mother, an aunt maybe, who can come to help you for a while? You can't do everything or be everything. It is not possible or even desirable. Please do not take anything (drugs or medication). Remove all caffeine from your diet. Eat three meals at regulated hours and take a warm bath every evening before going to bed. I am so sorry this is happening to you. I send good wishes your way.
S.V. answers from San Francisco on March 19, 2008
sleep starts in the brain.... so think about the things that are bothering your sleep.....
do you worry that something might happen to your new born if you fell asleep?
are you worried about losing those extra pounds/ if you have any to lose/?
are you worried about finances? in laws?
meditate on it, and your answer will come..
remember that worrying about anything is normal; however, if it affects our sleep there is less that we can do, because we are not 100% to perform the most of our abilities...
you could also try massages, soothing teas like chamomile, warm baths @ night, and reading a good book...
also remember to keep in touch with your self and your friends... besides making some time for you and your husband......
i am a mother of three wonderful boys, and i know how demanding is to be a new mom....
most of the time we forget about cultivating our relationships that are our support system..
best wishes....... and remember that the theory of relativity, einstein said, that it came to him in a dream....
many times we forget to dream, and as einstein said...
dreaming is more important than knowledge, because knowledge has a limit....
may the stars always shine your path, and the perfume of fresh flowers always remind you of the beauty of living...
S.B. answers from San Francisco on March 19, 2008
Easy, take anything with diphenhydramine. Benadryl, tylenol pm's. My doctor said it safe for me and for baby. In fact, my doctor says most doctors are full of bull about most of the stuff they say you can't take while pregnant and breastfeeding. It will make you groggy so make sure you are able to have a full 8 hours to sleep it off. Good luck from a chronic lifetime insomniac. (valerian root and melatonin are supposed to help but never did for me.)
J.F. answers from San Francisco on March 19, 2008
I had the same problem! I use to co-sleep with my baby and moved her to the crib. I also turned off the monitor and kept my bedroom door opened so I can hear my baby for night feedings.
N.L. answers from Salinas on March 19, 2008
have you tried acupuncture? it worked wonders on my sciatica and heartburn while i was pregnant. and my girlfriend gets acupuncture treatments for he insomnia. not to mention it's very relaxing!
X.L. answers from Sacramento on March 19, 2008
I went through something simlilar when my 2nd son was about 7 months old, my OBGYN prescribed me Ambien at a very low dose and recommended that I take only half a pill.. it got me the sleep I needed for the first few nights, but then I woke up feeling yucky (I don't take any kind of drugs normally so my system is very easily overloaded) and the 3 times I have been in the hospital after giving Birth to my children he has also offered me sleeping pills ( I usually decline) but my point is I trust my Dr and I know he wouldn't prescribe something that would affect my child in an adverse way, hes been in the biz for over 30years, and I have been a patient of his for almost 10... talk to your OB (if you haven't already) in my experience they know what affects your breast milk better than a general practitioner, good luck!!! and from what my NP tells me you take take any tylenol products and its okay pregnant or breast feeding! So maybe try Tylenol PM!