When you are pregnant, you may find that getting a good night of sleep can be difficult. Aside from not being able to comfortably lie in bed the way you did before you got pregnant, you may also have to deal with frequent runs to the bathroom at night. As you struggle to get through the day and through the fatigue that naturally comes with pregnancy, you will need all the sleep you can get. Use the information that follows to help you get the sleep you need. These valuable tips will have you feeling well rested and refreshed in the morning.
- When you turn in at night, make sure you are lying on you left side. Sleeping in this position is a good way to prevent heartburn. When you have heartburn, you feel like your throat is on fire. Heartburn is caused by indigestion, and pregnancy can cause indigestion. You can also try elevating the head of your mattress so your head and chest are elevated.
- Position a pillow against your back while you are lying on your left side. This will prevent you from lying on your back and limiting the flow of blood to your baby during the second trimester. Place a pillow between your knees, and another one under your belly for support.
- Get to bed earlier than usual. Because you will need the extra sleep time if you don't sleep through the night. If you happen to wake up in the middle of the night and find it difficult to go back to sleep, write up your shopping list or turn on relaxing music to help you go back to sleep.
- Eat a light dinner, and do so by 8:00. If you eat early, your body will be able to digest the food you eat by the time you climb into bed. Eating dinner early will allow your body to focus on sleeping, not on digesting your food.
- Consume beverages during the early part of the day rather than late at night. Avoid having to disrupt your sleep because you have to go to the bathroom. The earlier you drink, the less likely you will have to get up to urinate during the night.
- Keep light out of your bedroom while you sleep at night, and make sure it is cool in your room. It will also help if you follow the same routine every night, before going to bed, to help your brain associate the routine with bedtime and sleep. Turn down any noise about an hour before going to bed. Also, turn off your TV, your computer, and your cell phone.
Feeling tired all the time comes with being pregnant. In your first trimester, you will feel exhausted because your body is producing more progesterone and working to sustain the baby growing inside of you. In your last trimester, the fatigue you feel will be caused by the aches, pains, and weight of your growing baby. Since sleep is so important during pregnancy, do what you can to get more of it. Follow the tips listed in this article.