Pregnancy is one of life’s most joyous occasions. Starting a new family or adding a welcomed addition is a time full of excitement, love, and joy. With this comes a growing tummy for mom and tired, often restless, nights. It’s not uncommon for a pregnant woman to have sleep disturbances. It can be difficult to find a comfortable position or you may wake up often. Read these tips to get a better night’s sleep during your pregnancy.
Be Mindful of what and when you eat and drink.
It’s important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water for both you and baby. Drink a lot of water during the day and start to cut down on the amount of water in the late afternoons and evenings. You should also cut down on the amount of caffeine you have, especially after lunch. We know it’s easier said than done, but have your latte, coffee, tea, or chocolate earlier in the day and avoid caffeine entirely in the afternoon and at night. Also, try to eat your bigger meals for breakfast and lunch. Eating too much, too late will make it harder to sleep.
Make your bed ultra-comfortable.
A comfortable bed will go a long way to provide a restorative night’s sleep. You may need more pillows, different size pillow options, and rearranging them to provide the most comfort while you sleep. As your body changes during pregnancy, you may find that you need more support than you did before. Back pain and sore muscles can be common during this time, but a great mattress can help alleviate this pain. Investing in a new mattress with more support can really make a difference in how you sleep. At Factory Mattress, we can scientifically measure your pressure points with our RIGHTfit Technology and match you up with a mattress to support your needs.
Establish a nighttime routine.
Consistency is key! Establishing a relaxing routine at night can help you unwind and sleep better at night. Try something that will help soothe you such as reading a book, taking a shower, or asking your partner to rub your shoulder or your feet. Your night routine should encourage you to feel relaxed so you can drift off to sleep.
Take a catnap during the day.
Even after trying the tips above and you still feel tired during the day, take a short nap. It’s important to set an alarm so that you don’t sleep all afternoon. Sleeping too much during the day can make it harder to fall asleep at night or you’ll find that you are staying up later. You’d be surprised how great you feel after a short 20-30 minute nap.