Sleep Awareness Week is just around the corner, but that doesn’t change the fact of your burgeoning belly, pea-sized bladder, and hormonal night sweats making it very difficult to get to sleep.
If you’re expecting and desperate for some proper shuteye, check out babylondon’s top tips for slumber during pregnancy.
- Get in position
Pregnancy experts advise you to sleep on your left side, and with good reason: it reduces pressure on the uterus and increases blood and nutrient flow to the foetus. Plus; it helps alleviate back pain.
- Get napping
You might find pregnancy saps you of energy, but lethargy isn’t necessarily conducive to falling asleep easily. Try to catch up on zzz’s during the day – preferably before 4pm to avoid being wired at bedtime.
- Get moving
Take a morning yoga or aqua-natal class to induce sleep at night (exercising later in the day could flood your body with energy – so avoid if you’re not keen on being restless all night!).
- Get support
U-shaped pregnancy pillows ease uncomfortable pressure in the pelvic area by cushioning between your legs and providing support for your bump.
- Get in the tub
Seems counterintuitive, but soaking it up in the tub, or enjoying a warm shower will lower your elevated body temperature and help you drift off easier.