I’ve had issues with insomnia even before becoming pregnant. However, it is so much worse now that I am in the third trimester. Working a full-time retail job and having insomnia was no joke. However, now that I’m on leave and have nothing to worry about as far as waking up at specific times, I want to make the most of an inconvenient pregnancy symptom.
So how do you turn your lemon into lemonade? You find things that will help you get ahead for the next day when you’re completely wiped out from pulling an all-nighter.
Here are just a few things I do when I’m having really bad pregnancy-related insomnia.
Being the Most Productive When Dealing with Insomnia
Tackle To-Do List
Seems like a no-brainer. Get everything you could possibly get done from the prior day, right now! If you’ve already handled the prior day, start on tomorrow. Staying ahead of your to-do list is essential when dealing with insomnia because you lose so many of your precious daytime hours. Here’s a couple of my go to activities from my to-do list that are even able to be done in the night
My personal favorite and my personal least favorite! This is a great task to tackle once it’s started. Getting started, however, is the not so great part. I typically break my cleaning up by room and go from there. Honestly, if I can get one room done in a night, then I have greatly decreased my daytime load and I usually feel more motivated to tackle another during the day.
Eventually, I’ll make a cleaning schedule but for now it would be pointless considering I can hardly drag myself out of bed.
Along the lines of cleaning, with a twist. Because I’ve stored junk in my nursery for so long, a good amount of this is moving things out of the room and decluttering. Once that’s finally complete though I can begin hanging, folding, arranging, organizing, and stockpiling (neatly!). Surprisingly, I’m looking forward to that stage.
Also on my to-do list for this section is packing my hospital bag. This will be an ongoing list item until I’ve purchased everything I need.
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I was spending a good portion of my day doing this shopping before. However, getting this done through the night provides 2 benefits: free up time during the day for other activities and ensure my items are available for pick-up the next day, while I’m awake!
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I write a great deal of my blog content at night. It’s a peak time for creativity for me. When I’m attempting to fall asleep I think about all the things I could be writing about and if I don’t write them down they’re gone forever! Pregnancy brain (haha), it’ll do that to ya.
As I’m typing now it’s 10:40. Not much of a late time but I’ve been in bed most of the day so my internal clock is way off. I’ll also likely be up for hours to come as I’ve been attempting to fall asleep for hours past.
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Paying Bills & Budgeting
Paying bills is NOT fun, but it is necessary. Same goes for budgeting. Hey, I didn’t say the tasks would be fun, just helpful. This is my favorite thing to do in the wee hours of the morning. I enjoy knowing exactly what I want my money to do and it frees a lot of stress if I can avoid over-drafting my account for any reason. Paying the bills is the easiest part because I’m just scheduling payments according to my budget. The budgeting takes a little more elbow grease and prioritizing and can be stressful if you aren’t patient.
This is good for your health and it can help you get to bed. If you’re pooped out, you’re more likely to fall asleep as soon as you lay your head down. This will give you more hours in your day because you’ll sleep less (as you’re experiencing less fatigue) and you won’t have to worry about fitting in a workout during the day.
Hot Shower or Bath
Just like working out this will soothe and relax you hopefully just enough to put you to sleep. I love taking showers at night, even if it isn’t really late, because the next morning it doesn’t take as much motivation to get up and move around.
What do you do with the extra hours in your day from pregnancy fatigue? Leave comments below.
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