Sleep is a commodity for everyone but seems to be even harder for pregnant women to get a good night’s sleep. This, of course, is a very important time for all women to get as much sleep as possible to be as healthy as she can. But with a belly getting in the way, a baby laying on organs, and hot flashes that can come and go at will, how can a pregnant women get the rest she so desperately needs?
Lay on your side – When your baby starts getting bigger you’ll start to feel the weight. When you sleep on your side you keep the uterus and baby from hurting other organs.
Turn down the temperature – It’s usually easier to sleep in cooler temperatures than warmer ones. If you’re cold get a pair of fuzzy socks and some extra blankets!
Don’t lay in bed if you can’t sleep – If you’re having trouble falling asleep don’t push it by staying there. You’ll just get frustrated! Get up, read a book or have some chamomile tea, and try again later.
Save the bed for sex and sleep – If you spend time reading or working in bed your body will begin to associate your bed with something other than sleep or sex. Make sure you associate it with only those two things!
Quit eating well before bedtime – Heartburn is a surefire way to not be able to sleep. Make sure you don’t suffer by not snacking before you go to bed. Eat dinner and then try not to graze before bedtime.
Use a body pillow – This giant pillow is a wonderful way to prop you up on your side. Some women also love putting it between their legs to help keep their spine in alignment. There are a lot of options for body pillows on Amazon.
Make your bed as comfortable as possible – Now is the time to lose all the extra pillows you don’t like. Remove everything that doesn’t make your bed comfortable, pile on blankets if you want them, and spray some lavender if that’s what you like.
Keep your room dark – A nice dark room is key to a good night’s sleep. Investing in heavy blackout curtains is a great way to keep the room dark as a cave.
Lose the electronics – Checking email, reading on an e-reader, or watching tv right before bed are all shown to affect how we are able to sleep. If you’re having trouble falling asleep the key could be as simple as shutting off the electronics for an hour or so before bedtime.
Be careful when napping – A good nap has amazing restorative effects and can change your whole day or mood. But napping for too long or too close to bedtime can have the opposite effect and leave you groggy, lethargic, and unable to fall asleep later. Limit your naps to quick pick-me-ups and enjoy the benefit without suffering at bedtime.
It is possible to get a good night’s rest by following these ten simple tips. Try them out and see if you get a better night’s rest!
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