When pregnant, you need to sleep. In a few short months, you will be the parent of a newborn and sleep will not be as easy to come by. Sometimes however, getting that much needed rest is not so easy. With a changing body, hormonal changes and a baby moving in your belly, finding a comfortable position to sleep in is tougher than it sounds. If you are trying to catch a few z’s, here are a few tips that can help.
One way to get a better night’s sleep is to rid your room of light and electronics. Even small sources of light can make sleep less restful and quickly wake you from your slumber. Invest in some black out shades and unplug the television and if possible, the alarm clock. Keeping the room dark will help your body to feel it is time to rest, and this just might lead to an extra hour or two of sleep.
In addition to light, noise can be very disruptive to sleep. If you are sleeping with a snoring spouse, pregnancy might be the time to consider sleeping apart for a night or two a week. If late night television or radio is keeping you up, simply turn it off. If outside noises are disrupting your rest, invest in a sound machine that mimics natural, restful sounds which can overpower the noises you do not want to hear.
Another thing that a pregnant woman needs to rest is lots of pillows. Use pillows around your entire body. Prop yourself up on your side, support your growing belly with a pillow and place a pillow between your legs too. The more pillows you can use, the better. This will help you to feel supported, and it will give your body the extra level of comfort that it needs. If you can afford it, you might even want to consider special maternity pillows that allow you sleep safely and comfortably on your stomach to get your best night’s sleep.
Finally, consider what you are eating and drinking right before bed. Avoid any beverages that contain caffeine as they can stimulate you and keep your mind from resting. Also avoid eating too much, as this might cause discomfort to your stomach and make it difficult to sleep. Finally, consider cutting out all liquids for a couple of hours before bed. Pregnant women have to deal with a baby that is pressing on their bladder, and this can lead to constant urination. If your bladder is full right before bed, this might mean you are prone to frequent wakings all night long so you can use the restroom.
Getting plenty of sleep is important to your physical and emotional wellbeing during pregnancy. While we all know how important it is, sleep is not always easy to come by when your body is changing so much. In order to get a better night’s rest, give some of these tips a try. They just might lead to the state of slumber that you so deeply wish.