Recently I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping at night. It takes me forever to fall to sleep and then once I am asleep I wake up multiple times. While I am not pregnant, this sleeping issue reminds me of being pregnant with Charlie. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I had the hardest time finding a comfortable position to sleep in.
Are you experiencing difficulty sleeping during your pregnancy? You are not alone! Issues with sleep are common amongst pregnant women especially during the third trimester.
Below are a few things that could be preventing you from sleeping or could be waking you up during the night as well as ways to deal with them.
Do you wake up a lot to go to the bathroom? Do not drink a lot of fluids right before going to bed but be sure to drink plenty through out the day so you do not get dehydrated.
Do you seem to have heartburn the second your head hits the pillow? Try elevating your head slightly by sleeping on an additional pillow. Also avoid spicy foods and stop eating a few hours before bed time.
Are you having trouble finding a comfortable sleeping position during your last trimester? Don’t sleep flat on your back and try to lay on your left side which also allows for the best blood flow to the baby, your uterus, and kidneys. Use a body pillow to support your pregnant belly.
Vivid dreams or nightmares waking you up? Try to get in a relaxed state of mind before going to bed by listening to soothing music, taking a warm shower, reading a calming book, or drinking a cup of warm caffeine free tea or milk. Don’t do any serious projects right before bed time and avoid heavy discussions (about things like finances) right before going to bed.
Hopefully you can find a way to get some much needed rest.