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Sleeeeeep…

15 Jul

Almost two years ago my friend Jess was pregnant and she was having a lot of trouble sleeping (and keeping her husband, Nick, awake to boot). One evening I was visiting them and Nick made a comment about looking forward to the arrival of the baby so that they could actually sleep, and I (thinking I was terribly funny) pointed out that they weren’t exactly going to get much sleep after the baby was born.

Ho ho ho, how funny I was. And how ignorant…

I am 7 months pregnant now and for a LONG while now I have been painfully aware of what they both meant. Babies may keep you awake using horrific torture techniques (such as constant screaming), and keep you awake all night for that matter, but when you DO fall asleep you ACTUALLY sleep. Oh what bliss it would be to actually get some quality sleep at night…even for just an hour.

For your reading pleasure, here are some of the things that I have observed about sleep during pregnancy…

…in no particular order…

Dreams…

I’ve had weird dreams before, and I’ve had vivid dreams before. I’ve even had weird vivid dreams (some I can still remember years and years after I had them). Now I have weird, vivid dreams every night. And LOTS of them…every night. So many of them in fact that sometimes they all blend together to make one UBERCRAZY dream that has to be picked apart the next morning.

Sometimes I dream that I’m still awake. This is the absolute WORST. I can sleep for hours on end whilst dreaming that I am awake and struggling to fall to sleep. I can’t begin to tell you how much this messes with my head.

Bathroom breaks…

Ever since I was about 6 or 7 weeks pregnant I have been going to the toilet multiple times a night. It’s quite normal. In the first trimester your frequent urination is supposed to be due to the excess fluids in your body. Once you’re more used to that, the second trimester is supposed to give you a break, but by about week 28 your baby is big enough to start reducing the size of your bladder, therefore making you need to pee more often. I may have made fewer trips to the loo in my second trimester (maybe getting up just three times) but now I’m 32 weeks I’m back to getting up 5, 6, 7 times…who knows. I don’t count anymore.

Snoring…

I have always snored (horrifically) when lying on my back – now I snore when I’m lying on my side too (right worse than left). It’s horrible and keeps Luke awake if he doesn’t fall asleep before me. He has spent a few nights on the sofa to get away from my pig-like snorting, but it’s not the most comfortable place to sleep so now he has some earplugs by the side of the bed. That makes me feel very bad indeed.

If it wasn’t bad enough that I keep him awake, I wake myself up too. Sometimes I hear or feel myself do it and jerk awake again. Other times I have no idea why I’m suddenly back in the room, but when I ask Luke he is quick to tell me that it’s down to my own honking.

Position Envy…

As a pregnant woman, I am supposed to sleep on my left-hand side (well, any side really, but left for best). Lying on your stomach when you’re my size is ridiculous, and lying on your back can put pressure on a major blood vessel in your spine and reduce blood flow to your heart and placenta. My pre-pregnancy routine was to lie on my side for a while, then flip to my tummy once I’d been asleep for a while. I’d often wake up with dead arms, but I always slept soundly and solidly.

Now I have the choice of one side or the other, I try to swap back and forth to stop my left hip from aching (usually after I’ve come back from one of my many missions to the loo) but if I sleep on my right-hand side I find myself snoring more (and right into Luke’s face/ear).

Sometimes I twist myself so that I’m sort of half on my front, half on my side, but then I wake up horrified that I might be crushing my bump.

Oh how I miss lying on my tummy…

Thiiiiirsty…

I often wake up feeling like I’m turning inside out with thirst. Pregnancy can bring about rhinitis (and has done in my case) so sleeping with your mouth open isn’t uncommon. It’s probably why I snore so much more. I keep a pint of water by the bed and usually end up drinking most of it throughout the night. No wonder I pee so much…

Too hot…Too cold…I need my pillow…What is this pillow doing in my way?!…

I have more blood these days so I run a lot hotter than normal. I usually like to have my feet out of the duvet, but sometimes I can’t stand any blankets at all. We have the window open and the bed is underneath it so sometimes I’ll suddenly get cold. Luke also likes to steal the duvet. During an 8 hour stretch I’ll probably cover/uncover myself (or be uncovered) about A MILLION TIMES. Possibly less.

I also like to sleep with a pillow between my knees, and sometimes I don’t. When I DO use it, it’s a pain when I keep getting up to pee/drink/swap sides…it constantly falls on the floor or gets lost at the bottom of the bed. Sometimes I don’t use it at all or I throw it away and then, when I want it back, I have to go hunting for it. Sometimes I like to cuddle it to open out my chest and support my shoulders. Sometimes I don’t.

The bottom line is that I now require props to sleep properly, and I also don’t, depending on my mood. It. Is. Doing. My. Head. In. …

Acid Reflux…

I used to stay up late drinking gin with my friends…Now I stay up late drinking Gaviscon out of the bottle and wishing I could burp without acid burning my throat…

Drooooool…

It’s probably the rhinitis, or the snoring, or both, but when I do eventually fall to sleep I often wake up in a pool of dribble. 

What’s worse than this is when I fall asleep with my (cupped) hand under my cheek, only to wake with a palm full of drool that I inevitably rub onto my face.

Pregnancy – it’s a glamorous and beautiful time!

Our Crappy Bed…

This one is pretty personal, but I have a feeling that it might be the key to the reason why I don’t feel like I’ve slept AT ALL in the past two months…

We used to have a terrible lumpy mattress and then we got a memory foam one that was wonderful for my SPD. The trouble is that our base is sprung and so our bed, although brilliantly squashy and comfortable, offers NO support whatsoever, and we find ourselves constantly rolling into the middle. One of the things that keeps me awake the most is the fact that I’m either trying desperately to press myself into the mattress, or to push myself away from it. This is NOT fun.

It’s also only a double. It wasn’t a problem at first, but Luke is big (6ft 2) and likes to lie diagonally across the bed, and I’m rapidly getting bigger…and bigger…and BIGGER.

Last night I spent many many hours lying awake thinking (or lying dreaming…who knows?!) about getting a new bed – or maybe just buying a massive piece of MDF to put under our existing mattress. I ended up getting up at about 6am and going to sleep on the sofa just so that I could stretch out and snore without annoying Luke or rolling on/under him.

I had finally had enough, and this morning I bought this

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…it’s being delivered next Friday. I just hope I haven’t died of sleep deprivation by then…

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2015 in Life, Lists, Pregnancy

 

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