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Old 10-25-2010, 03:44 AM   #1
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Post partum insomnia help!

Okay I am in desperate need of advice. I am 8 months postpartum and I have been having insomnia since I stopped breast feeding almost 3 months ago. I have no problem falling asleep but then I wake up in the middle of the night and am either up for hours or cant fall back to sleep at all. And when I try to fall asleep I am freezing and then wake up in the middle of the night hot and sometimes sweating.

It is not depression because I don't feel depressed. I have already seen my OB who blew me off and told me to take unisom and that works but I don't want to be reliant upon a medication. I want to have the problem fixed. Any ideas?

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Re: Post partum insomnia help!

kairdex: You can try drinking warm milk before bed which produces tryptophan to help you sleep. You can try using melatonin. It's a hormone excreted by the pineal gland. You can buy it over the counter. You can also get it from drinking tart cherry juice - if you can find it anywhere. I hear you about the coldness. I can't sleep if I'm cold either. Try putting extra layers on. If the coldness doesn't go away then have your thyroid checked.

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