I have never been the type of person that looks forward all week to sleeping in on the weekend or been one to take regular naps. Then I became pregnant and sleep somehow became my favourite pass time.
In fact, it’s so bad that my new idea of a fun Friday night is being in bed by 8:00. Feeling fatigued or even extremely exhausted is totally normal and experienced by most at some point during (or throughout) pregnancy. A combination of hormonal changes, the emotional ups and downs we face and the massive amount of energy that goes into building our baby often leaves even the most energetic needing a bit more sleep than usual. So what can you do to make your slumber more successful?
Unfortunately being constantly tired is tough to deal with and the effects can be costly. Here are a few tips to try.
Clear your calendar
Having a social schedule that makes Lady Gaga look like a loser is probably a problem. Let’s face it there is always something going on or some friend that wants to get together so she can share her latest online dating nightmares. Over committing and not properly prioritizing your time will leave you feeling more exhausted than necessary. Look at your schedule for the week and figure out what activities are a must and what are a must-not. Taking more time for yourself and ensuring you are getting the rest you need will not only benefit you but also the baby.
Clear your bedroom
Your bedroom should be set-up as a sanctuary, a place you go for rest and relaxation. Your room should be as dark as possible, investing in shades that block access light from coming in is a great idea. Turning off all lights and electronic devices is very important for melatonin production. You also want to make sure your room remains at a comfortable temperature, ideally a bit more on the cooler side. Finally, you want to reduce all noise keeping it as quite as possible.
Clear your mind
No matter how tired you feel when you’ve had a stressful day it can be difficult to fall asleep. Following an evening routine that lets you slowly wind down and detach from the day will not only help you fall asleep but will also help you to wake-up feeling well rested. It’s important to turn off all screens ideally an hour before bed, computers, phones, iPads and the TV stimulate your brain rather than relaxing it. Having a bath, meditating or doing some relaxation exercises will help to calm the body and also the brain letting you drift into a more sound sleep.
Even though it’s difficult and goes against the social norm, saying no to sleep is going to have a lot more consequences than saying no to your gabby girlfriend. Let go of the guilt and give yourself the gift of what your body truly needs, long and luxurious sleep.
What are you doing to ensure your sleep schedule is prioritized? What do you do before going to bed to help make your slumber successful? I would love to hear how you have got through your pregnancy sleeping troubles.