My child is a good sleeper. I'm not saying that to be all braggy braggy but to preface this post. Hunter sleeps through the night and has been consistently for a while now. Sure he may wake up once and need to be tucked back in but it's rare. My biggest complaint is that he typically wakes up between 6-6:30am which basically sucks on the weekend.
So why am I writing about sleep? Well, because despite the fact that my child sleeps through the night I do not. From basically the moment I got pregnant I haven't been able to sleep well. During pregnancy it was due to needing multiple bathroom trips and not being comfortable. Then of course came many, many months of being woken up multiple times by my crying child. But now? Now I just can't for the life of me sleep well.
I usually go to bed around 10pm and wake up at 6am (during the week). So I should be getting 8 solid hours of sleep. When you add up all the time I'm actually asleep for I would say I get maybe 4-5 hours if I'm lucky. I have no trouble falling asleep but inevitably I wake up or am woken up by something/someone a couple hours later, which then results in tossing and turning for several hours before finally falling back to sleep about an hour or so before my alarm goes off.
I seem to almost always be awake from around 1-3am. I hate the hours of 1-3am. And when I say awake I mean I feel like I could get up and clean the whole house or run a marathon. I'm WIDE awake. It doesn't help that since becoming a mother I've become the lightest sleeper on the planet. Every little noise seems to either wake me up or keep me awake. I even use a noise machine to help drown out other sounds but it doesn't help much. So the fact that my husband has a tendency to snore, our cat is like a vampire that sleeps all day and wanders the house all night AND that we have a wiggly little dachshund sharing our bed does not help matters. It seems there is always something or someone preventing me from getting sleep.
I guess one perk is that the thought of having another baby and going through the newborn up all night phase doesn't really scare me since I only sleep in 2-3 hour increments on my own as it is. I'm not really sure what to do about it. I've tried Benedryl which is hit or miss. Sometimes it will knock me out but other times it has the opposite effect and keeps me awake. And I don't really want to take Benedryl or NyQuil every night to sleep. I don't want to drink tea or even wine before bed because then I will be up all night peeing (I have the smallest bladder ever which also doesn't help).
So if anyone has any suggestions for helping me sleep, that would be great. Some people have recommended taking Melatonin and it's something I plan to look into. We've tried fixing Kristian's snoring with Breathe Right Nose strips, but those are also hit or miss.
Does anyone else have this problem? My crankiness is hitting an all time high and neither my husband or I are really happy about the situation.