A dear friend of mine is pregnant and is having the worst time ever sleeping. I remember not getting my solid 8 hours when I was pregnant with the twins, and it was miserable. Groggy all day, not having a clear mind, and lack of sleep coupled with pregnancy emotions makes for one moody mama.
It was no sooner that my friend mentioned her sleeping troubles than I came across an article on a local ABC station with tips on how pregnant women can catch some more Zzzs at night. So I thought, how perfect! I sent the story along to my friend, and shortly realized that I should send this info out to as many expectant moms as possible, since it’s such a common complaint.
We all know how important sleep is, and that not getting enough can affect our moods and health. But that’s not all. Poor and insufficient sleep is also linked to an increased risk of complications during labor, according to the new study cited by ABC. But no need to pump up your anxiety just yet; random sleeplessness isn’t enough to affect your birth – though it’s still a nuisance.
If you’re tossing and turning at night more than you’re sleeping, try these smart and simple tips to sleep better during pregnancy:
- Try a pregnancy pillow! They provide your back and belly with more support, making you more comfortable during the night.
- If falling asleep is your issue, try reading something that you aren’t even interested in. It could actually help bore you to sleepiness. But don’t do it in your own bed, because you shouldn’t start to “associate your bed with activities other than sleeping, which can exacerbate the problem,” so says the article.
- Keep lights dim before going to bed and during your boring reading session to begin to set the sleep mood.
- Nap! Naps help you regain sleep that’s otherwise been lost. Doctors recommend “to sleep for an hour and a half so that you complete a full REM cycle,” and do it before 4 p.m. because anything later will make it harder to fall asleep at night. Napping on the weekend serves the same purpose.
So there ya have it, ladies! Sweet dreams…
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