The S Word

Sleep…

Sleeping Beauty

I’ve had an on-going battle with sleep since I was a few weeks pregnant. If it’s not not being able to sleep on my front, it’s having weird-ass dreams that have exhausted me by the time I wake up.

But for the past 3-6 weeks I’ve had incredible hip pain that effects my sleep to the degree that it wakes me every hour or so after first turning over. If I go to bed around 9.30pm/10pm I’ll likely wake with hip pain around 2am. I turn over, but then wake again about an hour later. This continues until I have to get up for work at 6am or until I naturally wake up at 8am.

I’m exhausted and quite frankly fed up. I now dread going to sleep in fear of the pain I’m going to face or the fact that I’m going to wake up exhausted – it’s starting to make me feel quite anxious about going to bed.

I’m doing everything I can to make sure my joints are well exercised (by keeping mobile) and that my hips are well aligned when I sleep (by using my body pillow) but nothing really seems to be working now.

On top of this, I’m also getting random bouts of cramp that seems to occur on my shin, my calf, or both. Again, I make sure I don’t cut off my circulation and I wear bed socks to make sure my feet don’t get too cold (both common causes for cramp).

I don’t know what to do. I know I don’t have long left until Beansprout arrives – which will hopefully stop the hip pain – but hip related sleep deprivation is only going to turn into feeding related sleep deprivation!

S is now even trying to assist me in getting a good nights sleep. Last Saturday, she created a “pit” for me downstairs in the lounge whilst I was upstairs. It looked amazing and was super comfy…

It was like an old school sleepover – S even set up a camp next to the sofa on the floor using an old sofa-bed mattress to keep me company (even though I insisted she stayed in our bed). She just wanted to keep my company – it was very very sweet.

I must admit, I lasted longer than my usual 2am get up, but by 3am I had to turn over which then resulted in my hourly roll overs. I did, however, wake up refreshed.

I know a lot of ladies have had a lot worse sleep-related issues, so I don’t want to complain too much, but this is really starting to get me down. If anyone has any ideas or natural remedies, then let me know!

K

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