Four Easy Tips to Sleep Well During Pregnancy
Trying to catch some sound shut-eye can be one of the most challenging aspects of your pregnancy. Often, it is presumed that lack of sleep is something you will have to deal with once your baby is born. However, a growing belly, heartburn, nausea, frequent urination, and cramps may deprive you of the solid sleep you desperately crave and require during pregnancy.
A few basic adjustments will help you sleep better as well as make you feel at ease.
- Sleep position – As your pregnancy progresses, it is essential for you to sleep in the right position. It is best to sleep on your side, preferably the left, with your knees bent. Practicing this early on during pregnancy will help you adapt easily once your belly starts growing. Sleeping on your back can put pressure on your heart’s vein.
- Using Extra Pillows – These soft, fluffy cushions will prove to be your best friends during pregnancy. Pillows can be used to support your back, neck, and tummy. Tuck a pillow between your bent knees to support your lower back. You can also tuck another pillow behind your upper back.
- Food and Fluids – Eat foods rich in carbohydrate and protein to help promote sleep and prevent headaches and night sweats. Never sleep immediately after dinner. Give yourself two to three hours to digest your food. Avoid drinking a lot of fluids within a few hours before bedtime, to avoid frequent urination at night.
- Exercise – It is natural to feel anxious and overwhelmed during pregnancy. However, these feelings may hinder your sleep. Yoga, deep breathing, and gentle stretching exercises will help to ease your mind. Following an easy regimen twice a day, preferably early in the morning and before bedtime, will promote peaceful sleep.
Get cozy and sleep tight because your baby needs it too!