Sleeping during Pregnancy


Many women experience some form of trouble sleeping during pregnancy, with insomnia being a common problem for many. Almost 78 per cent of women suffer from some form of insomnia during pregnancy, due to increased physical and emotional factors. It is important to try and get a good amount of sleep, even during the day if you cannot sleep at night as the baby will inevitably disturb your sleeping patterns once it arrives.

There are certain things you can do to help you sleep better and ensure that you have a good night’s sleep before your baby arrives, as described in this guide. There are also many factors during pregnancy that can deter women from sleeping, such as frequent trips to the toilet and many more, as described below:

Reasons for deprived sleep during pregnancy

  • Feeling uncomfortable when you are heavily pregnant may leave you with sleep deprivation; however, extra pillows may help to make you more comfortable.
  • Frequent trips to the loo can disturb your sleeping patterns, due to the increased need to urinate during pregnancy
  • Many pregnant women have strange dreams and these can often be disturbing; however, this is normal during pregnancy and will subside.
  • Backache can often be a pregnancy symptom which disturbs your sleep. Sleeping sideways may ease the pressure off your back.
  • Leg cramps –Many women experience leg cramps and pains which can be a cause of discomfort when trying to sleep
  • Hunger Pangs –Many pregnant women experience hunger pangs due to cravings and lack of appetite at certain points of the day. Pregnant women often feel hungry in the middle of the night.
  • Worries and stress are one of the main causes why pregnant women cannot sleep as they worry about the baby and financial circumstances, amongst many other things.
  • Nausea and vomiting – Some pregnant women experience vomiting during the night, which can disturb sleep
  • Heartburn and indigestion can be a cause of waking up in the middle of the nigh,t or not being able to get any sleep

Sleeping during Pregnancy:

© Medic8® | All Rights Reserved