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Sleep, Why Do You Torture Me?

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Just when I thought sleep came easy, I've turned into an insomniac.

This morning my eyes popped open at 4:30 am and would simply not close.  I lay in bed, watching the minutes tick by on the clock wondering if this was the end of my blissful night’s sleep.  Pretty soon after tossing and turning for a good 45 minutes, I gave up and decided to get out of bed.  The sun was beginning to come up anyway, why not get a head start on my sleepy day?  Now it’s 10:00 am and my eyes are already feeling heavy.  Oh sleep… Why do you torture me?!

We’ve all talked about sleep and our lack of it.  But why is it that when we seem to need it most, our mind and bodies disagree?   From leg cramps to anxiety to constant bathroom trips to simply not feeling comfortable, 8-10 of pregnant women complain about some kind of sleeping problems during pregnancy.  Plus, the later into pregnancy we get, the growing anxiety of going into labor at any second and caring for a new baby has emotions running wild.

During my first and second trimesters, I found that sleep wasn’t too hard.  I was so tired in my first trimester that I was asleep by 7:30 or 8:00 pm and in the second trimester I was still comfortable enough to sleep in most positions.  Now that I’m nearing my due date, sleep is quite the challenge.  I’m just not comfortable in any position anymore.  I dread having to get up in the middle of the night because always feel myself anxious about being able to fall back asleep.  I keep thinking to myself, “Sleep!  You’re going to need a good nights rest if you go into labor tomorrow!”

It’s frustrating for sure.  I’ve tried every trick in the book to get better sleep but I keep telling myself the end is near.  Then I suppose I’ll be awake at all hours with a wiggling newborn.  Something tells me I’ll be more than ok with that.

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