Today I’m sharing a guest post written by a fellow social media influencer and I’m excited because this is the first time I’m sharing a post about health and wellness. I’ve always envisioned my blog to be a lifestyle blog that encompasses a variety of topics that affect myself and those around me and there’s nothing more important than one’s well-being. Many of the following tips can be helpful for anyone looking to feel better and get better sleep, not just for that gals that are pregnant.
5 Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep during Pregnancy
Guest Post by Sundus Munir
Sleeping difficulties are not all that uncommon during pregnancy, as it can be challenging to find that proper position that allows you to drift off into dreamland. There are also hormonal fluctuations to consider, as well as the usual anxiety and depression. As your bladder becomes increasingly cramped, you may also have to get up several times during the night to empty it.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to enhance your ability to get a good night’s sleep during your pregnancy, so be sure to read on and learn more. After all, few things are more important during this period than getting the proper amount of rest.
1. Get Into the Correct Position
Once your pregnancy has passed the 20 week mark and finding the proper position becomes even more important, you will want to avoid lying flat on your back at all costs. Sleeping on your left side allows the blood to flow to the fetus more easily and enhances the health of your kidneys and uterus. If you have problem getting the perfect position, consider using a U shaped pregnancy pillow that will support your body during pregnancy.
2. Don’t Skimp on Fluids
While some women will cut down on the amount of fluids that they are taking in throughout the day in hopes of avoiding repeated trips to the bathroom during the night, it is best to consume plenty of fluids during the day time and cut back as you get closer to bedtime to enhance your chances of being able to sleep through the night with minimal distraction.
3. Remain Active
The prospect of remaining active during a pregnancy may seem counter intuitive, but by exercising on a regular basis, you are able to steer clear of the issues that are caused by a lack of circulation. This helps to cut back on the occurrence of nighttime cramping in the legs and by exercising during the early part of the day, you can release all of the adrenaline that serves to keep you awake once bedtime has arrived.
4. Cut Down on Stress and Anxiety
Exercising is a great way to start cutting down on your levels of stress and anxiety, as it releases powerful endorphins that promote happier thoughts. When you allow stress and anxiety to build for too long, this will alter your sleeping patterns in an undesirable manner. If you are having problems that keep you from being able to fall asleep at night due to the worries that they are causing, don’t be afraid to contact a professional who can listen and provide you with assistance.
5. Establish a Routine
If you are altering your bedtime every night, you are not giving your body a chance to settle into a comfortable routine. Establishing a soothing routine works wonders, whether it is reading a relaxing book, drinking a cup of non-caffeinated tea or receiving a shoulder massage from your partner.