Notes from a New Mom: Though my 1-year-old is now (finally) sleeping through the night (well, at least most of the time), it seems I am now in the pattern of being up all night myself. In fact, I don't remember the last time I got a full night's sleep -- "full" meaning 7 or 8 hours. People always told me, "Sleep will never be the same after you have a baby," but I didn't realize they'd meant I would never sleep again!
My daughter goes to bed around 7; I go to bed around 8:30 and am usually up again at midnight, then at 2, then at 5:30. I wake up feeling absolutely exhausted. I have a really hard time falling asleep too, not to mention getting back to sleep. When my daughter was a newborn, I was given Ambien to help me get back to sleep. That doesn't really help, though, because I am still up every three hours ....
I have tried warm milk, chamomile tea, a heating pad, reading, meditation, praying and every kind of medicine out there. I can't fall and stay asleep. I think it's affecting my everyday life, my relationship, my moods, my sex life -- everything. ESPECIALLY my moods. It seems I just can't seem to get a handle on them, because I'm just tired all day long and feel like I'm often grumpy and complaining.
Moms, what do I do? Is there anything I haven't tried? Is there something natural I can buy to get me to sleep? Some magic potion? I am desperate. This is ruining my life! Help!