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Pregnancy Insomnia – How I dealt with it

I remember my pregnancy days sometimes and I smile. In the early days, I slept like a baby but my sleep was filled with all sorts of dreams. I had a different dream every night and there dreams were so vivid, I found them entertaining. I enjoyed my bedtime in the first trimester. Sleep and bedtime Fast forward to the second trimester, and sleep became a luxury. I could hardly sleep at night.

Napping during the day was fine on some days, but sleep won’t come at night. I would be wide awake unable to sleep from night to morning, and I would have to get up in the morning for work. It was horrible, I was so exhausted.

 

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What is Pregnancy Insomnia?

Pregnancy Insomnia is when you have difficulty sleeping when you are expecting. I never had issues with sleep until I became pregnant and once I delivered all I wanted to do was sleep, but my tiny newborns won’t let me. Insomnia took a toll on my physical and mental health, and left me drained. I didn’t struggle with any other pregnancy issues. I went the full term with the twins, and worked until I was about 37 weeks pregnant. My Job in Manchester had me commuting over 2 hours each way to get to work.

 

Causes of Pregnancy Insomnia

There are many causes of pregnancy insomnia. Here are a few common causes –

  • Heartburn
  • Discomfort
  • Frequent urinating
  • Vivid dreams
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Backpain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Leg Cramps
  • Hormones

 

I think my pregnancy insomnia was caused by hormones and heartburn. I had bad heartburn and morning sickness throughout my second and third trimester. Also, I also think my pregnancy hormones played a major role in my insomnia. I was pregnant for the first time, with 2 babies inside me. So I can imagine the shock my body was in.

 

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So how did I deal with my pregnancy insomnia?

How did I deal with my pregnancy insomnia? I didn’t. Throughout my second and especially my third trimester, I hardly got any sleep. It was the same every night. I would toss and turn until morning, and go into work feeling shattered. I could take any sleeping medication to help me sleep, so there was really nothing I could do. During the day, I did manage to nap at times, and those naps helped me stay sane. Having a bedtime routine also helped me relax and get into the mood.

I also remember saying comfortable in bed with a pregnancy pillow and as many pillows as I could lay my hands on. I had a pillow for my neck, head, back, legs, and waist. These pillows helped me stay comfy.

 

Difficulty sleeping while pregnant is a common thing. Many pregnant women experience some form of disruption in their sleep. Changes in my lifestyle/bedtime routine didn’t really help. It is worth speaking with your doctor if you have having sleep problems. Your doctor would be able to check your situation and advise accordingly.

 

Did you suffer from pregnancy insomnia? How did you deal with it?

 

 

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Mental health is more important than physical health

“Without a sound mind, there is no body” – Fashion and Style Police.

Mental health is something I have decided to blog. I have written many articles about mental health, depression and anxiety in the last few years. You can catch up on those posts in my lifestyle category. This topic is close to my heart because almost everyday, I hear or read about someone dealing with mental health issues. I think there is a lot more to be said about it.

Our mental health is more important than our physical health. I remember having a conversation about this with a friend sometime ago and she didn’t understand how our mind could be more important than our body but it is. Many of us take our mental health for granted. We pay attention to our physical health and everything else, but pay no mind to our mind which is the important part of us. Without a sound mind, there is no body, and many people struggle to understand that bit but it is fact. Having said that, our physical health is also very important. If we neglect to take care of our body, that could lead to many health issues that will eventually start affecting our mental health.

 

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What is mental health?

Mental health or emotional health like some professionals like to call it, is our overall psychological well-being. It includes the way we feel about ourself, relationships and our ability to manage our feelings and deal with difficulties. Mental health plays a major role in our ability to manage our physical health, which is why I think it is more important to have a healthy state of mind because that will help you achieve a healthy physical health.

Paying attention to our physical health problems and neglecting our mental health issues will only cause more problems. Both are closely related and very important, but I believe our priority should be given to our mental health.

 

Why the comparison?

Many of us tend to ignore our mental health. It is not something we can see so for many of us, we tend to neglect it until it becomes a major issue. Which is why I am writing this post. Our mind needs to be catered to. We should remember self-care is not a luxury, it is an essential. Spending time caring for our minds should be a priority. Doing more of what makes us happy should be our target. Focusing on everyone except ourselves (hello mums) would only drain us. We need to make out time everyday for ourselves to protect our state of mind.

 

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In conclusion

Both our mental health and physical health are important, and should not be taken for granted. I am not a Doctor, Counsellor or Therapist, but I my advice is if you continue to feed your mind, your body will remain healthy. A healthy mind leads to a healthy body. So pay special attention to your mental health.

 

What are your thoughts on this? Please sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

3 Things You Should Know About Insomnia

Millions of people are affected by Insomnia which is a condition where one finds it hard to fall asleep. Insomnia is a kind of sleep disorder which in medical term is described not only as the inability to fall asleep . It is also a condition where the sleep you get is not enough to get you rested. Sleep is an important component of the human body and as an adult, one needs at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  There are so many facts people do not know about Insomnia.  Here are the key facts you need to know.

 

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Types of Insomnia

There are three types of insomnia. Acute insomnia usually occurs due to a certain circumstances in life.  For instance, if one receives unfortunate news or is stressed about a certain event like the loss of a loved one. In this case, then they are more likely to experience acute insomnia. This kind of insomnia disappears on its own after the body copes with the situation.

There is the Transient Insomnia. This kind of insomnia is short-lived and does not require medical intervention as it disappears after a few days. There is also chronic insomnia which lasts for months and it requires medical intervention of it last for more than three months.

 

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia can be caused by a wide variety of issues which include; disruption in sleep patterns which may be caused by a change in job shift, jet lag or being in an areas with extreme temperature. Insomnia can also be caused by medical issues such as anxiety disorder, bipolar condition, depression and stress. Individuals who suffer from anxiety issues like the feeling of being overwhelmed may find it hard to fall asleep.

Individuals who also suffer from arthritis or asthma may also find it hard to fall asleep. The frequent changes in mood can lead to changes in hormone which in turn can lead to lack of quality sleep. Certain medications such as statins, beta blockers and antidepressant have been found to interfere with one’s ability to fall asleep and stay sleepy.

 

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Treatment

Insomnia is treatable using a wide variety of home remedy and medical interventions. The treatment of Insomnia focuses on the root cause of it. In most case home remedy are recommended, they may include maintaining a sleep schedule. This involves going to sleep at the same time and waking up at the same time. It is also advisable that one avoid stimulants a few hours to bedtime. This includes avoiding alcoholic and beverages which are high in caffeine which is a stimulant. The next home remedy is avoiding having television or even bright light in the bedroom as they tend to affect the quality of sleep.

There are also medical treatments which include taking sleeping pills, melatonin, sleep aids and also antidepressant especially if the cause of insomnia is depression.

 

For more information on insomnia check out: https://www.thesnorewhisperer.com/

 

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