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#1 abundant love

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 11:01 AM

I am not sleeping and not napping. I am also not coping very well with no sleep and am starting to crack. I have tried some natural sleep remedies with no success. Has anyone had this and have any advice? I am breast-feeding and don't know if I can really take anything. I also don't want to get dependant on anything. Midwives aren't returning my calls. What is going on with me? Baby is 3.5 months and this started about 3 weeks ago and is getting MUCH worse. I had my TSH tested yesterday.

Today is my birthday and I feel so sad and angry about this. Anyone have advice??
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#2 ociwoman

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 01:50 PM

I am dealing with the same issue, although not breastfeeding. Maybe it's the hormones being out of whack that interrupt the sleep?

Sleep deprivation can lead to depression, so be sure to see your GP if it continues too much longer. There ARE a few sleep meds that are safe while breastfeeing. Trazadone appears to be safe and is non-addictive. I had to use it a few years ago to help me sleep, and I had no trouble stopping it. If you want to be extra certain, call Mother Risk at 1-877-439-2744 and they'll help you sort it out.

Sorry about your struggles. Big hug and happy birthday.
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Posted 29 September 2015 - 02:44 PM

Sorry to hear about your lack of sleep. I had extreme sleep problems to and I breastfed and am still breastfeeding my 13 month old son. Things I did that helped:
1) I found some guided meditation clips online (5 or 6 minute clips only) and started doing that once per day and twice if possible. It seemed to help calm my mind and I do them sometimes still.
2) stretching your muscles prior to sleep helps with sleep and I try to do that still.
3) I do a thing with numbers in my brain. Start at 99 and subtract 7 until you are at zero. My counsellor told me this one and apparently it helps relax the sleeping part of the brain and it works sometimes. I know it sounds like it won't help
4) avoid coffee, chocolate or anything with caffeine.
5) patience

Sometimes it is so hard to sleep with a baby as you worry about the baby and if he's ok. It does get better with time though.

I must admit my sleep still isn't what it was prior to having a baby though and my guy still wakes up numerous time during the night. I'm still sleep deprived but it does get better.

I hope you start to sleep better soon. Ask for help from friends and family, if possible. You need your sleep but even if you can't sleep try to rest your body.

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 03:38 PM

I experienced this too. I think it might have been hormonal for me. My LO is 8 months and I am still dealing with hormonal issues. I had my thyroid tested and my TSH was crazy out of whack so they adjusted my Synthroid dosage. My BP was also still really high so they put me on a different medication. My headaches where excruciating, so that wasn't helping the sleeping issue. I didn't end up taking any sleep medication but I was definitely running on fumes. I found it helped that my DH took our LO for a couple hours early in the morning when I found I could sleep the best. I would pump and leave him bottles for him to feed her if she got hungry.

I was told by my doctor that even if I couldn't sleep, that I should rest my body while my LO napped.

Best of luck and happy birthday. I hope that you start sleeping soon.

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 08:31 PM

It could be hormones or could be related to post partum issues.

 

I had pregnancy insomnia so bad that I had to take medication just to get some sleep. There are some medications that are safe while breast feeding.

 

I have tried mindfulness and meditation. It sometimes helped. Also no stimulation (TV, computer time) about an hour before you go to sleep.

 

Resting is also helpful.

 

It is not fun when sleep is eluding you. I hope that your midwife gets back to you soon.


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 08:50 PM

I have a few weird things that work for me. One is I imagine myself on a cloud that can take me anywhere. I visualize what I am flying over and I imagine how comfy a cloud is and I can often doze off. Or, I hug a pillow, imagine it is my little one and start to think of some adventure we will go on together. Say a camping trip, and start to imagine what we are doing and tend to doze off. The next night, I will think the exact same thing and sometimes add to it. I am a terrible sleeper and had pregnancy insomnia, and these silly tricks work often, not always, but often. Good luck and I hope you find something that works!
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#7 abundant love

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 11:20 AM

Thank u all for your input. I am seeing the midwife today. I took half a gravol last night and it worked...but unfortunately baby was up about 5 times. Oh well...it was still some zzz's. Gotta nail down a better /non-addictive solution today. I did an online stress/anxiety meditation before bed as well and that was great.

I didn't realize that insomnia was so common...it took me by surprise and also scared the crap out of me. It's soooo unhealthy! I hope you all can get some better sleep quality soon. I guess it's a small price to pay for our miracles.
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Posted 15 October 2015 - 09:25 AM

Hi abundant love- I had exactly the same thing!!!! It was horrible. pLUS I had terrible anxiety attacks about the baby's health. Not being able to sleep + constant worry was not a good combo. In the end I got help with counselling & Anti anxiety medication. I was better in a few months.

Hope your midwife can help.

Melatonin is also a natural sleep aid. Maybe give that a try if it's safe for breast feeding

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Posted 07 September 2016 - 10:37 PM

Hope you and your kid is doing fine. From last one month my family in a hard spot with my daughter experiencing all that you said in your post. Lack of sleep is causing a downward spiral . To add to the woes she is having out-of-control anxiety and panic attacks. I am really worried for the baby. She has been trying all that has been suggested here but without much result.  I encouraged her to take guidance from postpartum depression counselors toronto (http://www.newmummycompany.ca/...depression-services/). I guess I need to change her anxiety drug. Is it safe to go for fluoxetine? She is also planning of anti-depressants while nursing? Hope someone who has had her kind of PPD would chime in. All suggestions are welcome.


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 10:54 PM

Hi Carol,

 

I'm so sorry to hear of your daughter's problems. It sounds really tough.

 

I didn't have anxiety very badly, so I can't really comment on fluoxetine or anything similar, nor anti-depressants. For me I just took Gravol to sleep (and still do on and off) simply because I can't cope without sleep. Luckily for me the issues have gotten a lot better.

 

I really hope your daughter gets all the right help that she needs so much. Maybe someone will see this post and be able to offer some helpful tips.

 

All the best.


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Posted 09 September 2016 - 01:13 AM

Hello Carol,

I am sorry to hear about your daughter's painful struggle and hope that a resolution is found soon.

You may want to contact Motherisk (at Mt. Sinai) for information about that medication http://www.motherisk.org/

Your local pharmacist should be able to offer some help regarding that medication.

Years ago my acupuncturist observed that I was not sleeping well and used a session to address that. It was the best sleep of my life for about a week or two. I would get sleepy at around 9, sleep through the night and woke with a clear mind. I was amazed. It could be worth looking into with a good TCM practitioner.

All the best to you and your daughter.

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 09:59 PM

Thank you for the prompt help.Will check for their expert advice


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