Is insomnia interfering with your life? If you’re pregnant, you may be nodding your head yes to this question vigorously. Pregnancy-induced insomnia is a troublesome pregnancy symptom that many women experience. For some, insomnia is the result of other pregnancy issues that when handled, could result in a better night’s sleep.
How’s your back?
Back or leg pain is a common complaint during pregnancy, and may be keeping you up at night. Mention the pain to the doctor or midwife. Consider a visit to a chiropractor who specializes in pregnant women. Try body pillows or different positions for sleep. By soothing your back or leg pain you may be able to get a better night’s sleep.
Is heartburn an issue?
Heartburn is another issue pregnant women may experience on a regular basis, especially late in their pregnancy. Discuss your heartburn, and the resulting insomnia, with your practitioner in order to come up with the best action plan. Avoiding spicy or trigger foods may help reduce your heartburn. If you do have heartburn, most doctors and midwives allow the use of Tums or similar products, but be sure to check with your practitioner first. Sleeping somewhat upright might help with heartburn, too.
How much water is too much water?
It’s a fine line where water is concerned during pregnancy. If you drink too much, you wake up to use the bathroom. If you don’t drink enough, you wake up thirsty. Either way, you can end up awake in the middle of the night and have a difficult time getting back to sleep. Adjusting your fluid intake before bedtime appropriately may help you sleep a little more soundly in the middle of the night.
What’s your stress level like?
Stress and anxiety are another reason you may suffer from pregnancy insomnia. Though some worry is normal and to be expected, it’s debilitating to be awake and anxious all night long. Discuss your concerns with your spouse, your health care provider, or a counselor, especially if they become so overwhelming that you aren’t getting any sleep. By getting to the root of your stress and anxiety you may be able to get more rest at night.
Pregnancy insomnia doesn’t have to get the better of you. By working to manage the underlying causes of insomnia, you can help get a better night’s sleep…at least until baby arrives.
American Pregnancy Association; Insomnia during pregnancy; http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/insomnia.html