When a woman is pregnant, they usually do not sleep well for some reasons. Some of the reasons for this include the frequent trips that one has to make to the bathroom at night, inability to get a comfortable sleeping position quickly and this mostly occurs during the third trimester. The lack of sleep can also be caused by cramps or the general anxiety that one develops.
However, there are some factor or measures that one can put in place to ensure that they have better and enough sleep despite this challenges. While others are meant to deal with general insomnia others are specifically meant to be used by pregnant women. Even though it is not possible for one to achieve complete sleep every day the following tips will go along way in ensuring that you at least get enough sleep most of the days that you are pregnant.
How to get enough sleep during pregnancy
1. Use a maternity pillow
For many years now pregnant women have been using pillows since they play a vital role in helping prop up and support their bodies at night. But when one is using the ordinary pillows, it can be tricky to keep the pillows in place for the whole night as also one may not have the right number of pillows to do the propping.
This challenge can be countered by one using a single specialized maternity pillow when they sleep during the pregnancy period. These are the type of pillows that are specially contoured to ensure that they have offered comfort and the support that is necessary to promote the healthy sleeping of a pregnant woman.
2. Always sleep on your left side
It is very important that during your early months of your pregnancy, you cultivate the habit of sleeping on your left side. This is because experts have recommended that this is the best position for expectant mothers to sleep on because it will not only ensure that they have maximum comfort while they sleep but it is also a healthy way to do it.
3. Start a bedtime routine
Even though a bedtime routine is recommended for babies, it is also important that the same is done by an expectant mother. This is very important as it plays a role in helping one completely wind down and always signal to the brain that it is time to hit the bed and sleep.
4. Ensure that your bedroom is comfortable
Even though not applicable to pregnant women only, for anybody to get comfortable and enough sleep, their bedroom should be always dark and quiet more especially when one is sleeping. Ensure the room temperature is cool as this will aid one to achieve proper and sufficient sleep.