Sleep is something that every body (especially a pregnant body) craves, but also something that everybody struggles with periodically. You've tried to cure it the right way. You stopped drinking caffeine late in the day; you didn't eat a heavy meal right before bed; you made sure that the lights were off; you've tried to keep a definite bedtime schedule consistently. And yet, as you lie in bed sleepless and frustrated, none of this really seems to matter. When insomnia hits, you could spend hours stressing, or try a few new things to ease you into a peaceful slumber.
Difficulty falling (and staying) asleep is a common problem for pregnant women. As an important source of fuel for the body, sleep is a valuable commodity. If you have been lying in bed for a while and can't sleep, get up. Don't just stay in bed and worry about not having enough energy to get all you need to get done the following day. Do something tonight to encourage the Sandman to appear a little sooner:
Go for a soak
Go relax in the bathtub. This soothes both body and mind. Don't make the mistake of taking a shower. This can actually awaken your body. Opt for a warm bath instead. Couple this with some candles and calm music and you'll be set.