August 2011 Moms

Poll: What is your most comfortable sleep position?

I need ideas! I finally got my little fan in place so I'm not hot when I sleep, but I can't for the life of me get my hips, butt, boobs and belly all in a comfortable position! I toss and turn all night, and wake up every time I change positions. I have a body pillow, but that thing just makes me sweat.

Anyone found a (semi) comfortable sleep position?

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Re: Poll: What is your most comfortable sleep position?

  • Air on 69, ceiling fan on, light nighshirt, snoogle, wrist brace and laying on my right side.
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  • I could not stand sleeping with a body pillow.  I don't have problems getting comfortable at night.  I usually fall asleep on my side with a pillow between my knees that comes up so my belly can rest on it too.  Its a feather pillow, so it conforms easily.  I also have a couple pillows under my head too.  I usually wake up on my back though.  I know everyone is different, but this is what works for me.  Good luck to you!
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  • I can't sleep without my body pillow, my body would hate me! On my right side I sleep with my right shoulder tucked under so that I'm semi on my stomach (not all the way obviously, but not just on my hip), on my left side I can sleep straight on my side. We haven't turned the air on (probably tonight), but the fan is on and I sleep with a pillowcase over my head (used to be a pillow, but that was too hot).
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  • I'd love to be toward my right side and half on my stomach, but it hardly ever works now.  I usually end up on my left side with a pillow between my legs.
  • I sleep on my left or right, I change a couple times during the night. I straighten out the bottom leg, and bend the top on at the knee. I sleep with a normal pillow next to my torso/between my thighs, and I tilt my entire body so that my top leg is actually in front of the bottom one, like probably close to 1/4 of the way on my stomach (I'll have some crease marks from laying on the side of it sometimes). I don't roll out of this position EVER, and my back, hips and legs haven't felt better in pregnancy!

    (When we have patient at work in comas/ heavily sedated we lay them like this so they can't roll back onto their backs!)

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  • I have yet to find a comfortable position to sleep in. The one that does help stay asleep a little longer at a time is on my right side, although nearly on my stomach. (If that makes any sense)
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  • We keep our room cool and also have a ceiling fan - right there I am much more comfortable. I bought a body pillow but I just don't think it's for me. Maybe it's too big but I just feel like I need more room in our bed. I haven't had too hard a time sleeping anyway (not yet at least!) but I always seem to wake up on my back so I feel like my body must be naturally more comfortable that way. Whenever I wake up I immediately switch to my side though.
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  • Depends on every night. Some nights I sleep with my body pillow and other nights I dont. When I do sleep with my body pillow there needs to be enough under my belly and enough between my legs. I try to sleep more on my left side but I do shift a lot. So some nights I sleep to my right and some nights change over to my back but my honey wakes my up to move to my side for baby Smile One thing I do notice I don't like to sleep with PJ's right now lol I sleep in a sports bra with a tank or just a sports bra...kind of weird but thats what I prefer. Also I must have water beside my bed.

     

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    I sleep on my left or right, I change a couple times during the night. I straighten out the bottom leg, and bend the top on at the knee. I sleep with a normal pillow next to my torso/between my thighs, and I tilt my entire body so that my top leg is actually in front of the bottom one, like probably close to 1/4 of the way on my stomach (I'll have some crease marks from laying on the side of it sometimes). I don't roll out of this position EVER, and my back, hips and legs haven't felt better in pregnancy!

    (When we have patient at work in comas/ heavily sedated we lay them like this so they can't roll back onto their backs!)

    OK, that sounds amazing, and do-able!

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  • I just got the Leah Co. Snoogle Total Body Pillow and it's the answer to all my woes. Left side, with the C of the pillow supporting down my back and around neck and bottom between my knees, with a second regular pillow under my shoulders to make breathing easier and prevent heartburn. Super-thin cotton nightgowns keep me cool as long as the fan's going. And a cup of ice on my nightstand for ice-cold water when I wake up. Mmm.
  • I usually swap sides every time I go to the bathroom. I can't sleep on my back or I suffocate from either the baby pushing down or my boobs crushing in on my chest. I sleep with just some undies on. I get way too hot and like to be under at least a light comforter. I've also started to need a pillow under my belly for support sometimes. Then I have a little square pillow I sleep with near my head for my arm to support up on. I have really bad shoulder problems, and this keeps it from rolling in the socket funny. I also have a snoogle that I'll use some nights, but it's harder when DH is in bed with me.
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  • I sleep on either side, but mostly on my left side.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my "comfort-U" body pillow.  It looks like an upside down letter U and it is the best purchase I have made during my pregnancy.

    I am petite so I got the petite "comfort-U" and I use it all the time.

    I sleep in a little cotton night-gown b/c I get hot at night.   

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    Air on 69, ceiling fan on, light nighshirt, snoogle, wrist brace and laying on my right side.

    I love this! Sounds like you have it down Smile

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  • Down, down, and more down!  I know it sounds counterintuitive, since we associate down with keeping us warm during the winter months -- but it breathes way better than the polyester batting which is likely filling your body pillow.

    I have a pillowtop down featherbed thing that goes on top of my mattress, which is great because it is poofy and conforms to my shape.  Then I have my down comforter, which I typically stuff between my legs or wrap around parts of me.  Even in the summer in Phoenix, I have to sleep with my down comforter because I like the weight of covers on me.  Usually I sleep with one leg out or my feet exposed for temperature regulation.

    Even at 31 weeks, I can still get away with sleeping on my stomach if I bend one leg up and make a little nest with all my pillows.  :-D  I guess I'm lucky...

    Finding a comfy position isn't my problem.  It's waking up every 2 hrs to go pee in the middle of the night!!  But I suppose that's just training, for when I'll be waking every 2 hrs to comfort my crying newborn daughter. 

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  • Air on...Fan on....proped up with 3 pillows and 2 pillows under my knees...I am going to physical theropy for alot of pains in my pelvic area..and she suggested this and when i wake up 5 hours later...which is amazing because i usually have to go pee...but yea it works like a charm...
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    I sleep on my left or right, I change a couple times during the night. I straighten out the bottom leg, and bend the top on at the knee. I sleep with a normal pillow next to my torso/between my thighs, and I tilt my entire body so that my top leg is actually in front of the bottom one, like probably close to 1/4 of the way on my stomach (I'll have some crease marks from laying on the side of it sometimes). I don't roll out of this position EVER, and my back, hips and legs haven't felt better in pregnancy!

    (When we have patient at work in comas/ heavily sedated we lay them like this so they can't roll back onto their backs!)

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