Pregnancy is hard enough, but not getting the proper sleep can take a toll on you and your body. Walking around like a zombie isn’t fun so we have come up with a few tips to help you get a more restful sleep.
- Sleep on your side. This seems simple enough, you’re pregnant and it’s probably the most comfortable way to sleep anyway, but believe it or not, some people still attempt to sleep on their back. Sleeping on your back puts added pressure to your uterus, so switching it to your side will relieve that pressure and uncomfortable feeling.
- The bed should be comfortable for you. If it’s not comfy look into a mattress pad that can assist in any soreness or aches and pains your bed may be causing you. Does your bed have enough pillows? You can get different size pillows and arrange them so they support you in those areas that need more support while you sleep.
- Make it the right temperature. Your body is probably a lot hotter than usual while you’re pregnant. Turn down the heat or crank the AC to keep your body cool during the night. Sweating during the night will cause you to toss and turn! Keep it cool.
- Put down the electronics well before bedtime. Don’t wait until you’re in bed and ready to sleep to put the phone or electronic devices down. Unplug within a reasonable time, like 15-30 minutes before you want to go to bed (fall asleep).
- Keep naps to a minimum. You may find the need to nap during your pregnancy, if so, keep those naps no more than 30 minutes. Longer naps will make your body go into a deeper sleep, which will mean it will take longer for your body to wake up and you could feel groggy. Oversleeping during the day means longer it will take you to fall asleep at night.Everyone is different, and if you have normal sleep patterns when you’re not pregnant and pregnancy has caused some issues with sleep these tips can help you. When all else fails, count sheep!