While pregnant, getting a good night's sleep can be nearly impossible. Most doctors attribute insomnia, snoring, and other issues, which can keep a woman up while she has a baby growing in her body.
However, ladies, there are some things that we can do to help alleviate those sleepless nights and ensure we are getting the proper amount of rest that is needed to keep both mom and baby healthy.
Those who suffer from restless leg syndrome can control it with iron supplements or prescription medication prescribed by a doctor. If the doctor is not listening or attributing the issues to normal pregnancy discomfort, it is also possible to see a sleep specialist.
What's so frustrating about pregnancy insomnia is that I have so little time left in which to sleep— Emily Gushue (@TheStuckDuck) July 9, 2018
Snoring and suffering from sleep apnea are two other factors that cause pregnant women to not get a good night's sleep. Both symptoms are treatable with a CPAP machine, which is a mask worn at night while you sleep, and has been shown to be an effective way to improve the quality of sleep for wearers.
One thing that can be done to increase nightly sleep is properly preparing the body for bedtime. Keeping the bedroom cool and dark will stimulate the brain and let it know that it is rest time. Also reading a good relaxing book before going to bed is another great way for the mind and body to relax. Anyone who already meditates or practices breathing exercises may find it helpful to incorporate them into a nighttime routine. And for those who don't already do these forms of therapy, it is easy to start! There are plenty of apps and books available to help with this.
It is essential for pregnant women to be comfortable, and yes this is easier said than done. However, before climbing into bed make sure to have all the necessary pillows to support a growing belly. Extra pillows are also essential for eliminating heartburn, as sufferers should keep their heads elevated as much as possible.
At this point in my pregnancy I don’t sleep well because of discomfort. I’ve been awake for an hour and I don’t even work today— julie (@JulissaAlenis) July 9, 2018
There are several different reasons why, as a pregnant woman, one might not be getting a good night's sleep. But, women don't have to suffer from lack of sleep throughout their pregnancies. By knowing that there are legit issues causes pregnancy insomnia, not just carrying a baby, a mom-to-be can determine the right course of action for them.
It is important to consult a doctor before trying any of the above techniques, however, and work with a healthcare professional to find a sleep plan that works well for the individual.
If you have suffered from pregnancy insomnia what are some things you did to help you sleep better at night? Let us know your remedies in the comments!