i cant sleep at night., what to do to sleep at night

Philippines
February 17, 2010 1:33am CST
i am almost 4 months pregnant right now but im worried coz i really can't sleep at night. normally i sleep around 3am and mostly 5am then i wake up around 1pm. i don't know if its really normal to pregnant woman or not. actually i used to work in callcenter before so we normally work at night due to we follow american time since im in the philippines. i dont know if its also because of that and i know its not healthy for the developing baby but what will i do so i can sleep at night.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
17 Feb 10
I don't think it matters so much when you sleep as in the time of day or night. What I know is important is to get 6-8 hours of sleep at least every 24 hours. I am a night owl by nature. I am up now at 2:40 am and probably will go to bed around 3am. I may fall asleep soon after going to bed or not...but I will sleep 6 hours before waking and when I can...I roll over for about 4 more...lol I think as long as you are getting enough exercise while you are awake and then sleep for whatever amount of hours you usually require then the time is of no essence and the baby should not be affected.
• Philippines
17 Feb 10
actually if i walk i feel dizzy and shortness of breath too. they said its because of the expanding baby inside but looking those other pregnant woman they look so ok and active, unlike me, whenever i go out to buy something from shop i already feel dizzy even just a short walk. i was thinking that maybe its due to no sleep at night.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
19 Feb 10
You need sunshine.
• Philippines
19 Feb 10
yes i guess i need sunshine coz i never have a chance to feel sun since i sleep morning and wake up around 1pm or 3pm and i didnt bother to go out coz after i wake up and after i eat i just go back to sleep instead.
@derek_a (10903)
18 Feb 10
Well, the first thing I do is to stop trying to sleep, as I will keep myself awake doing this. As a therapist and Zen practitioner, I practice a form of meditation that consists of focusing on my breath as it enters and leaves my body. I visualise breath going down deep into my abdomen, not just into my lungs. I place my hands on my abdomen and allow it to rise with the inhalation and fall with the exhalation and I forget about trying to sleep as this meditation process is 80% as refreshing as sleep. Being calm is all important to good health and well-being. There is a link that explains more about meditation on my profile page. _Derek
• Philippines
19 Feb 10
a lot of members here and even my friends told me to try to meditate but i dont know how coz my mid was always preoccupied with a lot of thoughts and noise around here.
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@derek_a (10903)
19 Feb 10
You can't block all the noise and thoughts out of your mind. When they do plague your mind and you notice them doing so, bring back your mind to focus on your breathing. The mind will become preoccupied again, accept this and re-focus each and every time. Everyone can meditate, but it takes practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. _Derek
@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I had trouble sleeping when I was pregnant too, the first trimester is always a little rough. The second trimester should be a little better for you. The third is not so great, I really had trouble sleeping the last couple of months, but I was just so huge it was hard to get comfortable. Try a little warm milk before you go to bed.
• Philippines
19 Feb 10
oh so you mean it will become more worst during third trimester. I just now know how hard it is to be pregnant, i wonder why some women have lots of kids :) i actually drink milk at night before i sleep but still the same.
@anjohanna (156)
• Philippines
17 Feb 10
Maybe you are doing a lot of thinking. Try to get your mind out of anything. Meditate for ten minutes before going to sleep. Or take a bath before going to sleep. Have a very comfy pillow, and make sure that your room is air-conditioned.
• Philippines
19 Feb 10
yes your right, i cant help myself but thinking specially in my situation right now that the father of my child left me and i dont have job as i cant find job while pregnant.
@careguarden (5674)
• Philippines
17 Feb 10
Oh, it could not be good since you're pregnant, it will affect the health condition and development of your baby, have you talk about it with your Ob-gyne? I remember with my older sister, her ob-gyne did give her some sort of vitamins, to make her fall asleep. For me the best way to make oneself fall asleep is to take a shower before going to bed, read a book,pray or listen to good music. That's what I do every time I find it hard to get asleep.
• Philippines
17 Feb 10
actually i have two kind of vitamins right now. but i didnt mention to OB that i cant sleep coz i thought its normal.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
17 Feb 10
When I was pregnant I had no trouble sleeping. I was working at the time so that might be the reason. I think you need to get on another schedule. When I can't sleep its usually because I can't shut my brain down because I'm a worry wart. That may be your problem that you have so much on your mine with being pregnant. If I were you try your best to get on a better sleeping pattern by going to bed by midnight and if you can't fall asleep try reading a book. That helps me to get tired. Good luck to you.
@mlbhag (31)
• United States
18 Feb 10
Hey lelin! I used to have trouble sleeping. I've read the other suggestions and there were a lot of good ideas. Here's a few more... 1) Chamomile tea (decaf) 2) Essential oils...applying a lotion or body oil with a soothing, calming scent such as lavender 3) Taking a warm bubble bath. Check with your doctor but you should be able to bathe in a tub until your water has broken. 4) Listening to soothing music. 5) Lulling your troubling thoughts to sleep. Push them away. "I'll think about his tomorrow." as the infamous Scarlett O'Hara said 6) Count. Count sheep. So boring it's guaranteed to lull you to sleep! Good luck! Hope you're feeling alright!
@dorannmwin (36636)
• United States
3 May 10
Congratulations on the upcoming arrival in your family. It must be just about time for the baby now. As for me, when I was pregnant with my daughter I had no trouble at all being able to sleep. However, I was working a first shift job and I had never worked any other shift in my life. However, when I was pregnant with my son I didn't get to sleep nearly as easily. Between the birth of my daughter and my pregnancy with my son I worked a third shift job and that has been something that I've never been able to remedy in my life, my sleeping cycle is still screwed up.
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
Maybe your body is now changing because you are pregnant. I believe that it is not good for the baby, so I guess you need to sleep at night and wake up in the morning. As much as possible you need a complete set of sleep for your baby. Moreover, some of my pregnant friends are experiencing like that, they can’t sleep also. What they do is to try to sleep at 8pm. They have to be in bed at 8pm and their room should be quit. They either play music with piano, violin or saxophone, all music with instrument like that to keep them asleep. They say it is effective, you should try it. And also avoid things that will lead you to stress. Avoid stressful work so that you will have a nice sleep at night.
@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
19 Feb 10
What does your doctor recommend? I would think that is the first stop for consultations. Otherwise you may want to think of the things that you take in your diet also which may keep you from sleeping. Do you have much stress in your life? time to review things and how you do daily.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
18 Feb 10
I have a 6 month old son now and when I was pregnant I had terrible sleep. It would take me a while to fall asleep and then I would wake up in the middle of the night and be wide awake. The doctor said it was fine and wouldn't affect the baby. He was prefectly healthy when he was born. In retrospect, I think it was just my body getting ready for the lack of sleep that came once he was born. Good luck and congrats!
• Australia
18 Feb 10
I go to sleep each night by imagining a scene from my favorite movie or book.If that doesn't work imagine another movie or book.
@kyvin147 (78)
18 Feb 10
try to drink hot milk or chocolate before going to bed and try not to think of your problems and try to calm down and relax....
@lindiebiz (1014)
• Canada
18 Feb 10
Your sleeping habit has nothing to do with your pregnancy because a lot of pregnant women sleep at night. I think your problem is that your body is accustomed to being awake all night because of your job and even though you are not doing it, your body still tells you to sleep at that time. I think you should try to exercise more during the day so you can feel tired earlier. Try to sleep early so you can wake up earlier.
@vinabee (85)
• China
18 Feb 10
in fact, merely a few condition i can't fall asleep. i can sleep 10-12 hours one day,and i am even plagued by the so long timg sleeping. i think if someone has the insomnia. he could try the method of yoga which can help sleeping. but i think if losing the sleep-time and you still feel noting, it is so good, and not necessary to deal with it.
@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
18 Feb 10
i think that wasn't normal but you said your working in a call center maybe that's why coz I got friends who are awake at night and got slept in daytime...but sometimes our minds are awake and we always lure some thoughts that's why we can't sleep we keep thinking or worry something...
@asanlee (408)
• Indonesia
18 Feb 10
HAllo...it was my own experience, at that time when my wife was pregnant, at night she couldnt sleep, then she asked me to massage her leg, then she would fall asleep. Maybe you can try this methods...hope it will help. Dont't worry too much!!! I think massage legs can help to relax , so easier to fall asleep...
• United States
18 Feb 10
usually people cant sleep because of there are too much brain activity so the best thing you can do is try to think clear and just not think of anything. close your eyes and think of nothing but sleep. i dont know if this helps but give it a shot. it works for me :]
@jkcokley (267)
• United States
18 Feb 10
Your not sleeping because you have so much on your mind and because your PG. When I was pg , I found that it was easier to sleep if I put a pillow between my legs or slept sitting up.
• India
18 Feb 10
yes you are right it is not good . for a person minimum 6 hours of sleep is essential and especially for pregnant women . what you could do is have walk for some 30 minutes and read some books you will really get tired and then after that i assure u that u will get sleep . i have tried this and it has worked . do not drink tea or coffee after 7 p.m , have milk before sleep cheers
• United States
17 Feb 10
I have a lot of problems to fall asleep also, because I have problems to manage my stress levels, there are some things that I always try to do, like go to bed everyday at the same time and wake up at the same time, try to don't be in the computer one hour before sleep. Drink tea before you go to bed is also very good, but I think also you got accostume to be awake at nights, and it is going to take you sometime to make your body used to sleep during the nights.