Pregnancy, Sleep and You
Sleeping, a healthy diet and good exercise are three important factors which contribute to good health. Let’s talk about sleep as an example. It is harmful to your health to work too hard and not get enough rest. However, many people are doing so and doing so on a regular basis. In the United States of America, a growing number of people do things at a fast pace, hurry up-and-go, swing by McDonalds sort of a thing. It is like a built-in response many folks have or an instinct to a built in pattern, or some type of mechanism and system. We need to sleep so that we can take care of the mind and body, just like we would when we need to breathe deeply now and then. We are designed this way in so we can make a comeback from the activities of the day.
For women, walking around while their pregnant is difficult enough. But getting a good night’s sleep seems close to, well, impossible.
Nine months before your baby is born may, at times, be the reason for your sleep deprivation. There are a number of reasons why you may be tossing and turning while your trying to sleep and in fact could be affecting your energy level.
According to a 1998 National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Women and Sleep poll, 78% of women report more uneasiness in their sleep during pregnancy than at other times. Also according to the NSF, many women who are in their pregnancy stages have reported becoming extremely tired, especially during the first and third trimester. The stress over the pregnancy, which may cloud the mind and can make it difficult for a mother-to-be when trying to engage in sleep comfort, can be overwhelming.
Another problem some women who are in their pregnancy stages may have is something called restless legs syndrome (RLS). RLS is a condition or sleep problem in which the mother-to-be may has an uncontrollable urge to move her legs to relieve an unpleasant, tingling, or burning sensation. Other women who are pregnant may say it being difficult getting comfortable when sitting on the couch, or lying on the bed, etc., due to the changing shape of her body. Also, some may have problems with a combination of these factors and may just be some of most fortunate mothers-to-be!
If this describes some of you, you are not alone! However, there are products and aids available that can help and benefit you in getting a better nights sleep.
A way to make it easier for you to sleep, is sleeping in the darkest setting most tolerable to you. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), light disturbs the rhythm of the pineal gland’s productions of serotonin and melatonin. And along with decreasing the quality of your rest, it may also ruin your night vision. But if you do need some light at night, do not have it at an even keel of your sight.
Now that your pregnant (yahoo!) and almost everyone you know, including family members, friends and sometimes even, yes, complete strangers, congratulate you for this joyous occasion, what comes next? By now if you are in the second trimester of your pregnancy, the difficulty of getting comfortable at night is almost close to impossible. Therefore, it is time and pretty much clear you must make adjustments. It is very clear and almost certain you will face difficulties, at some point. And sleep will not come as easy as it used to. Let us begin because there is actually one simple solution or thing you can do to help yourself get comfortable in bed at very little cost.
Check out a store where they sell bedding accessories; you may even go on line or pick up a catalog, or perhaps go to a bed and bath store that’s near or around your local town. These stores will more than likely sell body pillows or body pregnancy pillows. These type of pillows are usually bigger than normal size pillows and for the most part are very long and thin. The pillows are either filled with down or cotton or other type of synthetics such as microfiber filling or a less expensive synthetic.
Positioning your pregnancy body pillow in between your breasts, around your stomach and in between your thighs when you go to bed at night. This will allow your body to have the support it needs and will also allow your muscles to relax.