You might be well aware of the importance of sleep. An adult is advised to get 6-8 hours of sleep everyday. Your whole body gets rest and relaxed during a sleeping session and you feel fresh and energetic after a good night sleep. But when a woman becomes pregnant, getting a good sleep becomes a challenging task. Sleeping becomes quite difficult especially during the first and the third trimester due to several reasons.
During the first trimester, you may be awakened at middle of the night will full bladder. You can expect quite a number of trips to the bathroom at night to relieve yourself. This tendency is due to the fact that the increasing uterus size puts more pressure on the urinary bladder.
Moreover, the kidney starts processing more urine during this phase of pregnancy. Again, many pregnancy problems such as back pain and painful muscle cramps may affect you during the first trimester and a peaceful sleep becomes a far cry.
Things become more adjustable during the second trimester and you get a respite. But again during the last trimester, sleeping becomes a big problem. By now, the size of your abdomen has become quite big and the pressure on the bladder is even more. Moreover, you will face problems sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your left side is what your physician will advise. If you are not accustomed to sleeping in this position, sleeping again becomes a big challenge.
So, as you see that many factors are responsible for giving you disturbing nights. However, there are ways you can deal with such situations. Following are tips to overcome sleep challenges during pregnancy.
First, take water in plenty to keep your body well hydrated. You will enjoy a good sleep by keeping your body hydrated. But this does not mean you should go to bed drinking a glass of water. Avoid fluid intake from few hours before going to bed. Secondly, you can enjoy a warm water bath just before hitting the bed.
The effect of the warm water is so calming that you will have a peaceful sleep. Thirdly, try to maintain a sleeping schedule. Go to bed at a specific time and wake up at around a particular time. You will automatically fell asleep when the time approaches.