[Warning: Whiny post below!]
Lately, sleeping has become the most frustrating and challenging thing for me. I just can not get comfortable, I’m always too hot and my mind won’t stop racing. I am 100% a stomach sleeper and with a big bump in the way, that’s impossible now.
I’ve tried to love the snoogle, but that thing just heats up and quickly gets tossed out of the bed. We even switched sides of the bed thinking the change of scenery might help, but it hasn’t made much of a difference. I even tried some lavender pillow spray, foam rolling to help with muscles and pointing two fans on me… and nothing seems to make a difference.
I started wearing a Fitbit last week. It’s a small device that tracks calories burned, steps taken, stairs climbed, etc. It’s like a pedometer on steroids, it’s pretty awesome. It syncs wirelessly with my computer and you can track progress if you want. You can also input food data and it tracks nutrition as well! (There’s even a mobile app to do it on the go too).
Irving actually adopted the fitbit before I did and he does about 30,000 steps in a day! After I have the baby, I have some serious catching up to do!
But I think the most impressive feature of the fitbit is that you wear it while you sleep (in a soft wrist band) and it tracks the quality of your sleep. You tell it when you’re lying down and it tracks how long it takes you to fall asleep and how many times you woke up in the night. Typically, people will roll over 4-5 times in a night….But check out my average night’s sleep!
Each of those red lines means I’m either rolling over, dealing with a calf cramp, getting water, using the restroom or just plain restless. So out of almost 10 hours in bed… I was actually only asleep for 8 hours and 17 minutes!
Now… just for fun… let’s look at LAST night’s sleep, shall we?! I was exhausted and went to bed at 7:30pm…. but I woke up 49 times throughout the night!!!! ugh!
Luckily I still squeaked out 9 and a half hours of asleep time somehow, but it is so interesting to see how pregnancy is affecting it. It will be fun to wear this thing after the baby comes so I know what time I woke up to feed the baby, etc! I think I will cry the first night I get to sleep on my stomach again!
Someday they will figure how to produce milk from husbands. . .
Oh man!!! I slept like poop from week 30 on and it only got worse towards the end. I remember during week 36, I would actually wake up and walk around the house to relieve the pressure/pain in my hips. I have to tell ya though, once the baby was out, my sleeping became so much better. It was like a 180 overnight. Hang in there, you are almost at the finish line. 🙂
Thank you! It’s so nice to hear that there is a finish line! Luckily I don’t have the sore hips (knock on wood) but I can imagine that would make it all even WORSE!
It’s like some cruel trick of nature that the last few months of pregnancy people are unable to sleep. Lord knows there’s no sleep to be had when the baby arrives!
I do not know how you do it with twins! But it sounds like you’ve got a great schedule going on now!
They have always been good sleepers, so it’s not bad. And we weren’t able to breastfeed, so Dan has done half of all the night time bottles.