Staring up at the ceiling at night as sleep evades you is a very frustrating experience and one that most pregnant women are accustomed to. Insomnia during pregnancy is more common than you might think. Studies show that approximately 78% of women suffer from insomnia during pregnancy. We all need a good night's sleep to tackle the challenges of the day bright-eyed and full of energy. Lack of sleep will lead to you feeling tired and irritated and that’s not something we want to feel. Sleep should be your best friend during pregnancy. You may not be able to sleep for a variety of reasons. Here are some reasons for insomnia during pregnancy.
The increased size of your abdomen may make it difficult for you to find a comfortable sleeping position. This could keep you up at night, tossing and turning. Try to change positions and find a comfortable one or you could also take suggestions from your doctor. Another common reason may be the disturbance caused due to your baby’s movements. This is very common in the later stages of pregnancy.
Anxiety or Stress
Pregnancy can be very stressful and may lead to sleepless nights. The mere thought of labor itself could keep you up and cause anxiety. Stress is a major reason for not being able to fall asleep.
The increased blood flow during pregnancy makes the kidney produce up to 25% more urine and it could also be due to the increased pressure on the bladder by the growing uterus. Frequent urination is very common and might wake you up several times during the night. You might find it difficult to go back to sleep. It could worsen during the last trimester.
Sometimes, your diet could be the culprit. Drinking too much coffee or eating food that disturbs your sleep should be avoided. The best food for sleep includes dairy products, nuts, bananas, soybeans, broccoli, etc. You can consult your doctor.
Weird dreams may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. What causes such dreams? It can be anxiety or stress or thinking too much about something. Worrying about something too much can trigger nightmares. Try to relax before going to bed. You could try some breathing exercises. Even thinking about something that relaxes you will help you sleep.