January 20th, 2017, 01:48 PM
I have experience with onset of insomnia since becoming a mother. In my case I am old enough that perimenopausal hormone changes may be part of the problem, but I have no proof that is the issue. My personal belief is that becoming a mom changes how we sleep and for some moms this may lead to insomnia, but this is entirely my personal, untested or proven theory. Oh and I have had similar insomnia issues whether I was nursing a child or not.
My insomnia also followed the pattern that I could fall asleep fine and then after 1-4 hours waking and not being able to go back to sleep. I hated laying awake, and if I read or got up to do something it just made it all worse. I was on antianxiety meds and sleep meds for a bit, and I certainly slept through but I did not feel more rested. I did think they helped as a one of two night thing to break a cycle of insomnia at times, if that makes sense. But overall I did not like how they made me feel.
Honestly what has worked best for me to go to bed later. Where I used to fall asleep at 10 or 11, I now head to bed at 12 or 12:30 and read for about a half hour or until I fall asleep. When I started doing that, I do not wake up nearly as much overnight. My overall sleep is not that much more, but I get a longer sleep stretch and very rarely am I waking in the middle of the night for no reason and not being able to get back to sleep. I usually have to get up to pee, and my husband snores and that wakes me at times, but usually I am...