Getting a good night’s sleep is critical for all the pregnant women out there. The hard truth is sometimes, they even struggle to enjoy a nap. Did you know most pregnant women get sleep only for five hours or so? Trust us, this isn’t a good sign at all. That’s because it is an open invitation for health issues, which can have long-term implications.
So ladies, it’s time to identify the reasons that are causing insomnia in pregnant women. Once you know why it’s happening, you can very well seek help to get your sleep cycle back on track.
According to Dr Veena Aurangabadwala, a gynaecologist from Zen Multispeciality Hospital, Mumbai, pregnant women encounter sleep problems, mostly in the second or third trimester. There are various reasons behind this:
Those frequent trips to the bathroom will make it difficult for you to sleep. Due to the high levels of a pregnancy hormone hCG, many women have to run to the bathroom every now and then. Moreover, in the third trimester, the uterus tends to put extra pressure on the bladder, which leads to frequent urination.
It’s quite possible that you find it hard to sleep in a desired position during pregnancy. This may end up making you feel uncomfortable; no wonder, insomnia strikes.
“You may encounter heartburn, mainly during the third trimester. It can worsen at night, especially when you sleep. This is due to the horizontal position and increased gastric reflux. This can be a big reason why pregnant women may find it difficult to hit the sack,” says Dr Aurangabadwala.
Compression of blood vessels in your legs and fatigue, as you tend to carry that additional pregnancy weight, can invite painful leg cramps at night, causing insomnia.
Higher estrogen and progesterone levels increase the volume of blood, even in your nose. Thus, there could be nasal blockage, and that could make you sleepless at night.
You may get nightmares during pregnancy or may even feel anxious or stressed at night. Everything put together causes insomnia!
“Aches, pain, headaches, and tender breasts will also make it difficult for you to sleep peacefully. These things will interfere with your daily routine, and your sleep patterns too. Maybe these things make you worried, and send your mind on an overdrive, even while sleeping,” explains Dr Aurangabadwala.
So ladies, share these tips with all the pregnant women around you and help them sleep tight.