I never realized how much I valued sleep until having a child. The long nights and even longer days when very little sleep is involved are painful. Once my daughter finally started sleeping through the night and I was able to sleep again, I valued the actual sleep I was getting far more than I ever had before. I would fall asleep rather early and wake up early when my daughter would get up.
Even early in this pregnancy I found myself sleeping all the time. When my daughter napped, I napped. She would go down for the night and I would follow suit fairly soon after.
Falling asleep has never been a problem for me. I could fall asleep on a wooden floor with the lights on and TV loud, and it wouldn’t bother me. I don’t even remember it being an issue with my first pregnancy.
Once again, this second pregnancy proves itself to be tougher than the first with yet another pregnancy side effect I am encountering for the first time.
As I enter my third and final trimester, I’ve noticed that sleeping doesn’t come as easy as it used to. As I write this post, it is the wee hours of the morning and everyone in my house has long been asleep. I’ve attempted to do my normal routine for bed and rest and relax so my body can fall asleep, but it just isn’t happening.
Not realizing that insomnia is an actual pregnancy side effect, I googled it, just to be sure I wasn’t going crazy. After doing a little bit of research I found that is in fact quite common to experience sleep problems during pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, 78% of woman are affected with insomnia during pregnancy.
I keep telling myself that it is my body’s way of preparing me for the baby, but in reality I know that it is the fact that sleeping is just getting more and more uncomfortable. I get up almost two times during the night to go to the bathroom. As a full time belly sleeper, I am way past the mark where at least attempting to lay on my stomach is not even an option. I’ve also been waking up in the middle of the night with horrible leg cramps. Let’s face it, sleeping just isn’t easy when you’re pregnant.
Did you battle insomnia while pregnant? How did you help yourself fall asleep at night?