Pregnancy and postpartum sleep

I'd like to hear how people have practiced the Sleepio techniques (particularly the sleep restriction) while pregnant or postpartum (especially if you are getting up in the night to breastfeed).

My sleep issues presented themselves postpartum after my second child. I would like to get pregnant at some point, and am wondering how I can keep good sleep in the picture (or at least bounce back, especially postpartum).

Posted 14 Jan 2013 at 11:46 AM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    That's a really tough situation! I'm no sleep expert as I'm only on lesson 3. I would think it virtually impossible to have “good” sleep in the postpartum period, no matter how you feed your baby, unless someone else looks after the baby at night. Of course that presents its own issues regarding the baby's health if the baby isn't with the mother and not receiving best milk. More chances of illness in the baby, resulting in more poor sleep for the mother. I have helped many moms with breastfeeding and I know many find their sleep less disrupted when they sleep with their baby. Although it has to be done safely and there are web sites that will tell you how. I would think it possible to incorporate some of the sleepio guidelines, such as the SR and QHR, once the baby is older and having longer stretches between feedings. Hope this helps a bit.

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    I meant to say: not receiving breast milk.

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    I have had severe insomnia since July 2020. The severity of my situation is such that I can go 96 hours without a wink of sleep. When I do sleep, I only get between 1-2 hours of disrupted sleep. I cannot nap during the day.

    I became pregnant in September, which has not helped the situation as there is no tablet I can take for a short term remedy. Before pregnancy, I tried some prescription sleeping tablets but most of them did not work. Zopiclone was the only thing that could aid sleep. I cannot take it now given my current condition.

    I have tried Talking therapies, which made me worse off than I was. I have tried Sleepio, I practice yoga and meditation to help. In short I have as much as I can to improve my sleep, but nothing is helping.

    Prior to July, I could sleep deeply for 6 hours without waking up to any noise around me. So I am unsure what the cause is of this sudden change in sleep pattern.

    My questions are;
    Has anyone else gone through something similar? Did you overcome it?
    Can my sleep ever return to normal pre-July 2020 days?
    Do you have any suggestions to help me with my sleep as it is driving me insane.

    Thank you in advance.

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