How To Deal With Insomnia During Pregnancy
While you sure will have to lose a lot of sleep after you deliver the baby, dozing off when you’re expecting shouldn’t be difficult. After all this is the last chance to sleep peacefully before the baby arrives! But if you find yourself constantly struggling to fall asleep, this could be more than just fatigue. You could be struggling with insomnia during pregnancy. Find out more…
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Insomnia During Pregnancy
There are several reasons behind losing sleep when you are expecting. It could be due to hormonal changes, back pain, anxiety, discomfort, increased pressure on abdomen, frequent urge to pee and even excitement for the arrival of your baby.
Many women experience insomnia during pregnancy but it might be difficult to accurately detect it, since it can be over-masked by fatigue. If you frequently experience any of the following symptoms, chances are high you’re dealing with pregnancy insomnia.
- Inadequate or poor quality sleep
- Difficulty in falling asleep even when you are tired
- Waking up tired next morning
- Experiencing frequent breaks in your night time sleep
- Difficulty in returning to sleep after waking up in middle of the night
- Feeling extremely tired and sluggish entire day
Ways to Deal With Pregnancy Insomnia
There are a few tricks you can try to sleep better at night. these are:
- Nice warm bath and relaxing massage before going to sleep
- Use natural bath salts to relieve you of stress, anxiety and toxins accumulated during the day
- Learn relaxation techniques to calm your anxiety and drive away pregnancy stress
- Stay active during the day. Go for long walks or enroll yourself for some pregnancy yoga classes
- Listen to natural relaxing sounds or music before going to sleep
- Try new comfortable sleeping positions that give your belly support
- Buy a pregnancy support pillow that helps you lie comfortably on bed
- If you are unable to fall asleep, get up and divert your mind somewhere else. Try reading a book, or drink a cup of warm water.
- If you get a chance to catch a mid-day nap, do not miss it. Let your body relax and unwind during the day.
A word of caution: However tempted you might be, do not take over the counter sleep medications. If insomnia during pregnancy continues even after trying all remedies, consult your health care provider.
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