Sleep Training

Bet ya think I’m going to go on a rampage about sleeping training my infant don’t ya? Well think again!

Yall- I need to be sleep trained. I’ve never had troubles sleeping in the past but the past 6 months I’ve been waking up around 4:30am…. for the day. It’s like there’s a switch that goes off inside of me at 4:30am on the dot and I’m wide awake.

I try laying in the bed, praying, reading, forcing myself to go back to sleep but nothing works. I turn off all screens 30 minutes before I go to sleep and read before I go to bed. I’m at a loss.

SO my friends, I’m going to do a care package giveaway of my favorite things if you can help me out. Β If you have any good sleep advice then leave it in the comments! I’m going to randomly pick a comment on Sunday and send you a care package! It’s a win win! You get a hilarious care package and I get sleep advice. And lets be honest, it doesn’t even have to be real advice because at this point, humor is my medicine.

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  • Caroline Clark

    Take a Unisom every night before you go to bed! My Dr suggested medication during this pregnancy because I was waking up around 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep. It’s exhausting. Now I sleep like a baby. I’m sure drugs aren’t the answer, but this Mama needed her sleep. Good luck!

  • Meredith

    This is the story of my life and has happened to me both times postpartum…I fall asleep ok, but wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back. I also am a big fan of Unisom, but unfortunately found that it messed with (lowered) my milk supply on the days after I took it. So, I only take it when desperate. I also got my OB to prescribe Ambien when I got desperate. But generally, my trick has been going to bed earlier (like 930) and turning the baby monitor off (is that neglect??). I also don’t drink caffeine except for my cup in the morning and lastly, I take 2 melatonin pills every night. I hope this helps!

  • Carm

    I go through “periods of unrest” when I am feeling anxious or stressed. Working out more in the evening, then a hot shower, quiet time, and taking 1/2 a tablet of regular benadryl for a few days usually helps me reset. Though, if the stress doesn’t get dealt with the sleep issues return.

  • broomeke

    When I feel stressed before I go to bed, I usually don’t sleep as well. There are a lot of studies that suggest Theanine (100-200 mg)naturally causes the body to relax and improves the quality of your sleep. It is an amino acid that is the precursor to serotonin. Another thing that has worked for me in the past is speaking life over my sleep. Sounds silly, but obviously our words have power and my negative attitude toward my body when it doesn’t do what I want it to never helps. Begin to speak words of life and encouragement to your body in the name of Jesus! If all else fails down some wine πŸ˜‰ Jesus did that too….

  • Truly Gwaltney

    After each one of my boys were born, I had issues sleeping and staying asleep. I think it’s natural. Sleep changes at different points in our lives… I can say that sleeping with something that makes slight noise has helped. I sleep with the fan on above our bed and sometimes the humidifier if I need an extra level of noise to relax. I know that waking up when you don’t actually need to be awake is the worst!

  • sallycooks.com

    reading a book before bed and 2 benadryl works like a charm for me (just don’t operate heavy machinery for a few hours after….) good luck!! xoxo

  • kate@Daffodils

    Alcohol, obviously. Or motrin and a heating pad. Or call me becuase its 730 and Ive already had coffee!

  • Mrs. Hennie

    I know it sounds nuts, but find a place to do hot yoga classes. Not only are they awesome, but I have never been a good or heavy sleeper. After a couple classes, my sleep changed entirely — deep, solid sleep. It’s amazing!

  • Susan Horn Ransier

    Oh man, I’m sorry you are not sleeping. I’m a big fan of benadryl. I also recommend Tylenol PM. Try drinking warm milk or chamomile tea. You should also remove any clocks from your room. When you wake up, go to another space to sleep (the couch or a guest bed). I also would talk to my doctor about some sleeping drugs. So sorry! Hope you begin sleeping well again soon.

  • Sarah springer

    lavender oil on your forehead (sounds crazy but it works)!

  • Diane P.

    This is going to sound crazy, I know. But when I can’t fall asleep and I’m desperate I literally count sheep in my head. I work backwards from 1000 and literally imagine number 1000 (in his fluffy, white coat) jump over a fence (in a lush green pasture mind you). Then I watch 999 jump, 998 jump, etc. I visualize each individual jump and just keep counting backwards. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten past 920 or so. Works every time! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  • leslieruth

    I do something similar to what Diane P. suggested. I start at 100, though, and picture the number being written on a chalkboard. Then I see it being erased and watch 99 being written, etc. I have never gotten below 60 before falling asleep.

    I also have a few of meditation tracks (body scan, ascending breath, 61 point relaxation) that have been really helpful for getting me to sleep. I’ll email them to you.

    And then, there’s also this technique I read about in my new O Magazine. And you know Oprah is always right! πŸ˜‰ It’s called 4-7-8 Breathing:

    “Place the tip of your tongue just behind your upper teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a gentle whoosh sound. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose for a count of four. Now hold your breath for seven counts and follow with an eight-count whoosh exhale through the mouth. Complete three more cycles, repeating every five minutes until you drift off.”

  • Daron Nicole Walters

    I’m just appreciating this list of tips as I myself am up way too early (been up since 3:30, GAH!). So what I’m hearing is drugs, wine and sheep? I’ll take two of each, thanks πŸ™‚

  • Kristen

    Ever since I was a little girl, I repeat a bible verse over and over to help me go to sleep. If that doesn’t work and my mind is still in overdrive, I get up and do something productive (wipe down the kitchen, do a yoga pose or two, pray, etc. Sometimes checking something off my to-do lists helps me calm down enough to get those precious zzz’s.

  • Jude

    I embrace it, and read a book… because then I take a nap later on that day and feel less guilty. OK, I often take a nap even if I don’t get up at 4am. Before I get all sarcastic, is there something that you are legitimately worrying over or that your brain won’t stop thinking about? I think sometimes Jesus wakes me up so we can “talk” through something. (and I’m all, “Jesus, can’t we chat at 8am pretty pleeeease?”)
    Now, you could use this as the perfect time to add that sixth meal to your day.
    Read TMZ.
    Water your plants.
    See what other insomniac is on FB.

    Micah always likes to ask why I didn’t wake him up… πŸ˜‰