Earlier this week I made this whiny rant about being tired. Not tired because my precious bubs aren’t sleeping through the night, although they are still getting up before the roosters crow, but because I have insomnia. At first I thought that there was something wrong with me in the sense that something unusual going on. However, I did something I probably should stay away from and I googled postpartum insomnia. Did you know this is a real thing?
I stumbled upon this article from the Baby Sleep Site:
They say that postpartum insomnia can be linked to postpartum depression and I definitely have my highs and lows to my days but I am not really asymptomatic of postpartum depression. Although I definitely and clearly have some kind of insomnia going on and it feels good to know that it is a real thing. I have trouble falling asleep but more than anything I have trouble staying asleep. Every little thing wakes me up. If I hear a baby I might as well forget about it. It’s not even that they cry in the middle of the night but if I hear them cough or shift in their cribs over the baby monitor I will lay there for hours fixated on it. And even after they go to sleep I will think that I hear them. That phenomena is mentioned on the article as well. In the depths of the night I would lay there and think I must be losing my mind.Its soemthing I have struggled with since the babies and I often scoff at people who say sleep when the babies sleep. It’s so much easier said than done for me.
I also ordered some Nighty Night Tea from Amazon. It’s supposed to be arriving today and I will try adding that to my bedtime routine. I will update and see how that goes. I am pretty excited about it (that’s how lame I am).
I have also tried doing some deep breathing techniques. I can feel myself stressing about being awake and not being able to sleep that my whole body tenses up. So, I am trying to loosen up.
Does anyone have experience with postpartum insomnia?
Oh and happy Friday everyone!