Thursday, June 20, 2013

I May Actually Grow Tired of Lifetime Movies.

Without a doubt, the biggest, most consistent piece of advice that I have received over the last several weeks as we get closer to our due date has been to "rest while you can!" To recharge my batteries, take naps, and sleep as many hours as humanly possible.

In theory, this is a wonderful idea. And, since I work out of my house and make my own schedule (for the most part), one would think that I would have no trouble accomplishing this task.

Nothing is further from the truth right now.

I am learning the hard way that pregnancy insomnia is real, and whether it be natural, my body training itself for lost sleep after G arrives, or just my incessant need to nest and update all the lists and complete all.the.things! before the big day, it has thrown me for a loop. My body has become predictable now. I fall into bed some time between 10-11PM with tired feet and legs, and the desire to just curl up with the ten four pillows I have wedged all around me watching HGTV until I am comfortable enough to doze off. That slumber only lasts an hour or two before my first wakeup, usually between 12-1:30AM. After a quick trip to the bathroom, I am usually able to get right back to sleep. That is, until 3-4AM rolls around and it's time to get up again. At this point, it's a toss up. I either find myself tired enough to nuzzle back under the covers, or I start feeling restless and my brain starts running. If the latter happens, I typically turn to one or both of two things: my trusty iPhone or the TV. 

Let me be the one to tell you that there is not a whole lot going on on Instagram or Facebook between 3-6AM. It only takes me about five minutes to scroll through the newest updates, and then it's back to the drawing board. If I'm still awake, I sometimes catch a few minutes of TV until I am tired enough to fall back to sleep. Because of this sleep aid, I have watched more HGTV and Lifetime movies than any one person really should. Especially at 4 in the morning. It does help to take my mind off of the sleep deprivation, and I'm sure it will prepare me for the sleepless nights ahead when I somehow find myself zoned out in front of TV infomercials.

But, I didn't think that I would ever get to the point where I was growing tired of Lifetime movies. They're typically a guilty pleasure for me; five minutes and I get sucked in. I can only imagine the other middle of the night realizations I will come to over the next few months.

So, tell me, what is the craziest thing you have done or watched in the middle of the night because of sleep deprivation or insomnia? I'd love to hear that I'm not the only one rustling around at all hours of the night!

1 comment:

Ashley said...

People gave me that same advice... on my third kid. I always laughed and told them "I guarantee I'll get more and better sleep after the baby is here!"

I usually read when I can't sleep at night. It's the only time I really have uninterrupted reading time so I love it!