Monday, January 10, 2011


Insomnia! That's my diagnosis. I haven't seen a Dr., but the "awake train" is running FULL STEAM ahead. So here is what I'm dealing with.
Before I got pregnant with Logan I think I was back on a somewhat normal sleep schedule. Mycah and Dejah were both in their own rooms and sleeping through the night beautifully. I got pregnant with Logan and got pretty sick. I started taking Unisom and vitamin B12 to combat the morning sickness. That pill KNOCKED ME OUT! So I switched to 1/2 and it was perfect. I think I took it for the rest of my pregnancy because it was really hard to sleep. I continued to take it for a couple months after he was born because I would wake up to feed him then be WIRED! So that tiny dose of "sleepiness" helped me go back to Slumberland.
I stopped taking it. Things were fine. I put the girls in a room together. When Logan was 5 months old I made him cry his nights out. No more help from me. At least he had his own room and I could shut everyone's door. To this day he still wakes up at least once a night fussing. Sometimes, depending on how hard he's crying, I'll go lay him back on his pillow and cover him up.
Lexi is now five months old. Usually she wakes up around 2 0r 3 for her binki and again around 4 or 5 for a bottle. I would probably make her cry it out except her current bedroom is my living room. I refuse to put the babies together...they will just wake each other up....

Ok so my point to all this? When I am awakened by ANY of my kids between the hours of 10pm and 7am, I get this little shot of that lovely chemical called adrenaline. Guess what? I wake up with at least 2 of them a night on an average of 2 to 3 TIMES a night. I toss and turn for about an hour JUST to fall back asleep. My nights are AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!! I wake up in the morning pretty grumpy. I use all the control I have in me not to take it out on my kids. I think I do pretty good smothering them with hugs and kisses. I feel pretty tired until about nap time. IF I take a evening is officially ruined! I cannot fall asleep until midnight! IF I take a sleeping pill (even a 1/2), I get better sleep, but my next day is ruined. I become too groggy to function. So that has been me lately. I feed Lexi at 10pm then toss and turn until midnight and that "awful awake train" steams ahead and repeats its route. I'm tired.


  1. I struggle with insomnia too. I don't have it every night. I will sleep pretty good for days at a time and I will sleep pretty crappy for days at a time. It is no fun. I'm sorry Anna.

  2. so I know it sounds crazy but I used to do the same thing and the only thing that helped was if I exercised at least 30 minutes a day. I know I know, you are working out like crazy running around with 4 kids, but to keep your heartrate up for 30 minutes will knock you out by nighttime and you might have a better sleep. Finding the time is the hard part, but maybe nap time bust out a youtube workout super fast:) Sorry friend that's all I got!

  3. Go to the dr. I'll bet he could give you something that will help but not make you feel so tired the next day. Medications have their place and have helped so many, like me...I'd die if I couldn't get relief from all my headaches. Good luck. Shelley

  4. sounds exactly like my nights. Except neither of my kids sleep and they are the ones keeping me up!

    Just remember this wont last forever :) someday they will be impossible to wake up for high school!