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Is a broken sleep still beneficial?

Asked by tan253 (2869points) February 2nd, 2012

I’m in my third trimester and experiencing a very broken sleep.
I sleep from 10–12, then 12am to 2am – was awake till 5am, then 5am to 9am. This is pretty constant now, noisy neighbors, and anxiety I guess. Is this kind of sleep still beneficial? It’s still roughly about 7 hours but it’s all broken up. What do you think?
I know it’s quite common but this has been happening for 3 weeks and worried that I’m not resting properly. Thanks!

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DrBill's avatar

although it is not as good as a continuous night sleep, it is better than not sleeping. So there is some benefit in it. It sounds like the same sleep schedule you have after delivery.

tan253's avatar

Is it true that lack of sleep can cause high blood pressure? As that’s something I’d like to avoid!

Blackberry's avatar

Of course, it’s better than not sleeping.

marinelife's avatar

Of course, you should try for four hours of continuous sleep to get the most rest and the deepest sleep, but some is better than none.

Have you talked to your OB/GYN about it?

JilltheTooth's avatar

It’s pretty normal at this stage, I wondered if it was prepping me for a newborn. Just keep your OB apprised of everything that’s happening. Don’t expect to be sleeping through the night for quite a while, but you’ll be amazed at how well you can function exhausted and sleep-deprived. The system works, you’ll be able to care for your baby, it’s just easy to be really concerned right now because it’s all new and scary.

tan253's avatar

I’ve just called my ob/gyn now to see if i can take anything, I probably can’t, I don’t work with with no sleep and the neighbors are the worst…. they stay awake till 5am every night, banging around… htey really don’t care as well i’ve tried speaking to them on numerous occasions!

janbb's avatar

That’s my typical night’s sleep and I function. Also, it’s very common in the last trimester to have interrupted night’s sleep. This is your preparation for the next several months and years!

cookieman's avatar

When you say “neighbors”, are you in an apartment building? Is there a landlord you can speak to?

Beyond that, good advice above – and hey, congratulations on the baby!

tan253's avatar

Thanks @cprevite pretty excited, it’s a two storey town-house, no sound proofing, would be fine if neighbors weren’t vampires…... I just want to feel well rested instead of old looking with bags under my eyes, as long as my little girl is fine I guess it doesn’t really matter!

john65pennington's avatar

Not for me. Broken sleep makes me feel terrible. I have a problem sleeping. Maybe, once a month, I will sleep continuously and I feel great the next morning.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Well, @john65pennington , it might be different if you were pregnant. Didja read the details? :-)

SpatzieLover's avatar

Your BP is changing not because of your sleep. It is due to your volume of blood.

At this point, this is completely a typical amount of sleep. Prior to giving birth, I was lucky to get 4 hours per night….and it was all broken up….and I only got that much by sleeping on the couch, as the bed was just too uncomfy.

If you’re tired during the day, take a nap. You need to be prepared for the sleepless nights and multitude of feedings and diaper changes coming your way.

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, it is. Parents and grandparents know all about this.

JaneraSolomon's avatar

Get used to it. Unbroken sleep is a luxury that few responsible parents can enjoy, but it’s really not necessary. Resting without sleeping has value, it takes stresses off your joints, and rests your eyes for instance. And short naps or interrupted sleep are eventually just as valuable as a full night’s sleep, especially when you’re sleep deprived. It takes a little while to get adjust to it though. Sleep deprived persons can often enter a deep REM sleep within seconds. Soldiers on multi-day maneuvers sometimes intentionally take short naps while standing.
Some people never sleep a full night but take strategic naps instead. A number of famous and very productive people like the late Buckminster Fuller and Thomas Edison were nappers.

tan253's avatar

I found this article, seems quite good.

Pandora's avatar

Yep as already mentioned. You may want to try going to bed at a later time. Like midnight and see if you can sleep till 6 am. Then take an afternoon siesta if you can for about 2 hours. You are going to want more than 7 hours of sleep while pregnant. Then after a few days change it to 11 than again to 10. Still hold onto the siesta. Get a sound machine to off set the noises your neighbors make. It could be they aren’t vampires and they leave their tv on to off set noises they hear.
Or you can wear ear plugs.
Biggest problem you have trained yourself to wake at these times now. You have to unlearn these habits. If you go to bed expecting to wake up at 2 and so on, You will wake up.
I use to be able to do this with work. No matter what time I went to bed, I would fall asleep knowing my alarm would annoy me at 630 am. At exactly 629 every morning I would wake up and turn my alarm off. It got so bad I had to put the alarm across the room to make sure I was physically out of bed by 629 otherwise I would go back to sleep.

tan253's avatar

hey @Pandora totally you’re right about the training, maybe i just shouldn’t look at my clock anymore when I wake up!
I do wear earplugs and I use a sound machine AS well!
I even wore two earplugs last night and wrapped a headband around my ears…. I’m super sensitive….. now i’m reading about how lack of sleep can cause high blood pressure – so great! great!

JaneraSolomon's avatar

Honestly I feel the best solution is to embrace the change. Every waking hour is as precious as a sleeping hour. Never agonize about being woken up, figure you’ll catch a nap later. When you’re up, try to be productive. When you’re tired, try to get some sleep.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Remember, @tan253 , your body is changing every single day now. You would very likely be experiencing all this even without loud neighbors.

Pandora's avatar

@tan253 I’m the same about noise. Unfortunately I am the same way. I found that if I’m really tired though, that a loud siren can’t wake me. You need to get really tired to the point where you can’t help but ignore the noise. Also it comes with being pregnant.
Get out and get some exercise. You can also try maybe going to bed earlier and then if you wake up at 5 you have no problem with the neighbors noise.
Oncce the bably is born, put her room right next to their bedroom, so when she cries and wakes them up every 4 hours they get to understand what being sleep deprived is like.
When they ask you if you can keep her quiet, tell them you will work on it when they work on their noise levels.
But have you tried talking to them and explaining that your pregnant and have a hard time sleeping and ask them if they can be quiet in the mornings? They may assume you aren’t hearing anything if you haven’t said anything.
If that doesn’t help than maybe you can talk to the homeowners association or apartment office about noise. Many have rules about unusually loud noises between the hours of 10 pm to 9am.
I would ask them first though. Like I said they may think you are sound sleepers.
Yes, don’t look at the clock. And if it has a light, dim it or turn it away from your bed. Sometimes the light can be responsible for waking you. Some people need total darkness. So remove any nightlights as well. And don’t get out of bed and go to another room and turn on the light or go to your computer.You may be extremely light sensitive as well. If you have a computer in your room, turn it off completely. My modems little green light use to cause a slight flashing in the room.

tan253's avatar

True @JilltheTooth I’m definitely aware of anything that wakes me now you’re right.
@Pandora I have talked to them since we moved in which was 3 months ago – it’s been happening for 3 months, I’ve told them that they are being loud and they have apologized but continued… ha it’s kinda humorous, if I wasn’t pregnant I wouldn’t care – but they keep me awake – if I was not sleeping due to it just being me I wouldnt mind as much either, its’ when it’s someone else keeping you awake that it becomes a real issue…. I guess i need to find my happy place.

Pandora's avatar

Oh, if its morning sex, they have than get the loudest dirtiest movie you can find and put it on at night between 10 to 12. They will either stay awake to listen or they will get all hot and bothered and get busy themselve. Either way, I bet 5 am wake up sex sessions will be a thing of the past and then you will have them trained to do the dead between 10 and 12 or at least to stay awake and be busy bodies trying to see if they hear you doing the deed. If they ask you about it. Tell them its the hormones and you have no control.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@tan253 As other’s have mentioned, it definitely can be related to the pregnancy. If you really feel like you need more sleep, talk to your OBGYN about taking a Benadryl at night to help you sleep. Benadryl is one of the few medications that is usually okay to take in pregnancy (depending on your particular situation). I hope you can start getting some more sleep soon, but don’t get to use to it. Once that baby comes, you’ll have more of this broken up sleep.

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