PREGNANCYPROBLEMS: I CAN'T SLEEP! 5 REASONS AND SOLUTIONS

05 Sep 2016

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1. SLEEP PROBLEM: CAN’T GET COMFORTABLE
Sleep solution: Get a pregnancy pillow. I have a Bump Nest and this thing is magical. In my first pregnancy I made the mistake of trying to get by with just pillows. It was a total fail. By month nine, I had six pillows surrounding me and they had all but taken over the entire bed. An actual pregnancy pillow this time around has been SO much better -- especially since I tend to want to sleep on my stomach.

2. SLEEP PROBLEM: MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT HUNGER
Sleep solution: Eat a banana before bed. Not only will the calories and fiber from a banana keep you full in a way that is way more nutritious than a bowl of ice cream, but they are packed with potassium and magnesium, which can help calm your muscles and give you a more relaxing night of sleep. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which convert to serotonin and melatonin (a.k.a. your brain's calming hormones). Bonus, they also lower blood pressure. So basically, bananas before bed = an awesome choice.

3. SLEEP PROBLEM: WAKING UP ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
Sleep solution: Ear Plugs. It never fails that after spending forever trying to get comfortable and finally drifting off to sleep, the littlest noise or movement will wake me up. Perhaps it's my motherly instincts kicking in to prepare me for life with a newborn again, but whatever the case, I definitely sleep less soundly during pregnancy. Using a set of ear plugs really helps me get more uninterrupted sleep once I finally get there.

4. SLEEP PROBLEM: WAKING UP 5,000 TIMES TO PEE
Sleep solution: Cut off your water supply and learn the double check pee trick. During my first pregnancy I was pretty lucky to not have to deal with this dilemma. At every ultrasound I was told I have a massive bladder of steel, which is probably why even in the final days of pregnancy I often slept through the night without getting up to pee. This time around I get up more frequently, so I've learned to cut off my liquid intake a couple of hours before going to sleep and to also employ the "double check pee trick" right before jumping into bed. That is, after you finish peeing, stand up and lift your belly up to relieve the pressure on your bladder and then try to pee again. You'll be amazed how much more pee you still had in there!

5. SLEEP PROBLEM: RESTLESS LEGS / ACHES AND PAINS
Sleep solution: Calcium + Magnesium. I've had a lot of random pains in my hips with this pregnancy, so my midwife recommended a calcium and magnesium supplement. Magnesium helps muscles to relax and thus helps with those aches and pains I was having.

Sources:
Lauren Hartman. PREGNANCYPROBLEMS: I CAN'T SLEEP! 5 REASONS AND SOLUTIONS. Babble Online. [cited 2014]; [7 screen]. Available at URL: https://www.babble.com/pregnancy/pregnancyproblems-i-cant-sleep-7-reasons-and-solutions/

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