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Old 09-26-2012, 11:39 PM   #1
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Wish I was able to sleep!

Within the last week, I've been coming home and taking a long nap. The unfortunate part that when its time for bed, I lay awake for hours. It then makes for an incredibly long day at school. The vicious cycle repeats itself.

Any suggestions? I'm 7 weeks pregnant if that helps. Also, my nausea likes to rear its ugly head as well then too. I haven't had a DR appointment yet (in two weeks).

I am miserable.

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Old 09-26-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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A nap is ok, but try to make it a shorter nap. How long of a nap are you taking? Can you set an alarm clock to shorten it a bit to see if it helps? Are you allowed to have melatonin while pregnant? They make quick dissolve fruit flavored melatonin that start at 1 mg ( most people take 3mg to go to sleep) and they go up to 5 mg. I work nights and sleep days so I take melatonin regularly. I usually take 1-2 of the 1mg quick dissolve if I just can't fall asleep. Even the 1mg helps. If I am waking up every few hours I use slow release 3mg. The 5 is too much for me it makes me sleep for way too long. BUt ask your doctor. It seems like you might need to shorten your nap a little. I am a BIG fan of naps. Naps do a lot of good. But you might be sleeping too long. Can you call your doctor?
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:19 AM   #3
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Don't take longer than a 20 minute nap after school. If you are still sleepy then get up and get some fresh air, take a walk, etc just don't go back to sleep.

You need to reset your clock and you will not be happy for a few days but you have to break the cycle. Even after you get back on track don't take longer than 20 minute naps.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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Short 'power naps' are the way to go, only 15-20 min. Longer naps during the day can ruin your night time sleep pattern.
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Agree with the others, take a "power nap" only.

Or skip the nap and then go to bed early. What time did you normally go to bed?

Oh and congratulations!
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:06 AM   #6
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I agree with the advice about the naps. Also, you might want to ask your doctor about taking unisom at night (there are 2 types - you want the formula with doxylamine succinate). It is often recommended for pregnant women with morning sickness and helps with both sleep and nausea.
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Agree with the others, take a "power nap" only.

Or skip the nap and then go to bed early. What time did you normally go to bed?

Oh and congratulations!
I try to be in bed by 10pm, meaning lights out. I read (or try to anyway beforehand) and I'm up by 615am to get DH's coffee started and finish his lunch. I leave not long after him. Recently, I've been in bed for another hour. Its hard for me to move in the mornings!

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I agree with the advice about the naps. Also, you might want to ask your doctor about taking unisom at night (there are 2 types - you want the formula with doxylamine succinate). It is often recommended for pregnant women with morning sickness and helps with both sleep and nausea.
I will try the power nap idea. I know I need to shut my eyes for a bit before starting homework. It is hard. I think I might try a protein filled snack too (at the suggestion of a friend) to get me through the evening.

I do have to say, this first trimester is hard! Hopefully it eases up a bit.
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