Snoozing for Two: Ways to Help Pregnant Women Sleep Better
November 25, 2015
With pregnancy comes many changes in your body, and that includes trouble sleeping. Don’t worry, though, that’s perfectly normal! Still, you need to get some shut-eye, so you’ll need to make a few lifestyle adjustments to make yourself and your bed mattress more comfortable. Here are a few things you can do:
Anxiety and stress are two things that can keep you from having a good night’s sleep. Being paranoid over the little things and worrying about mundane issues will diminish the quality of your slumber time. Or worse, it can cause pregnancy complications! Remember that what you’re feeling could affect both you and your baby – especially during delivery. So just relax and breathe slowly and leisurely. But if you’re still worked up about something then share your problems with someone. That way, you won’t be alone in facing whatever it is that’s bothering you.
Stay Hydrated Before 4 PM
Most of the time, pregnant women are busy attending to a lot of things. But one of the most important things you need to remember is to keep yourself hydrated at all costs. Still, if you want to avoid middle-of-the-night calls of nature, it would be best if you drink all the water you can before 4 O’clock in the afternoon – just to be sure that you get to sleep the whole night without any distractions from your bladder.
Take a Bath
A good wash before bedtime will help you catch those Zzz’s better. So take a quick shower before hitting the sack. Just don’t forget to use warm or cool water. You should avoid bathing with hot water because this can lead to unfortunate miscarriages.
Stop Quick Naps
Napping isn’t really advisable for pregnant women, partly because daytime sleepiness occurs more often while you’re pregnant but mainly because it makes it more difficult for you to sleep at night. So as much as possible, do your snoozing during night time; it’s better and more rejuvenating for expecting moms than taking daytime quick naps.
Invest in Good Pillows
When you are pregnant, you will need a lot of bed support – which means that you will also need a set of fluffy pillows. Placing pillows under the head is a natural thing to do. However, you can also try to use pillows that specifically supports your back as well as your knees and on top of your belly. We recommend you using Uratex Premium Senso Memory Wedge Pillows which has a medium plush feel that gives you the right balance of back support and comfort while you sleep. For an extra cool and plush feel for your head, try Uratex Premium Senso Memory Ultima Plus Pillow with Sleep Science technologies that is proven to make your sleep up to 2°C cooler.
Make a Habit of Sleeping Early
Ideally, you make a habit by doing something over and over again for a specific period of time. For example, if you start going to bed on 7 pm and you do this straight for two or three weeks, it becomes easier to do and it will feel more natural. So try setting your snooze time early while you’re expecting. That way, your body would be better conditioned to sleep soundly while you’re pregnant.
Sleep is very important for everyone. But it’s even more essential for pregnant women since they’re doing it to keep their baby healthy. So if you’re a soon-to-be-mommy, you must do everything you can to make sure you’re comfortable during your snooze time.