Sleeping

Many pregnant women have trouble sleeping. Typically, they are able to get to sleep okay, but then wake up in the middle of the night, often to use the restroom. Then, it can be difficult to get back to sleep.

This is normal, but here are some helpful tips: 

  • Try to limit fluid intake after 6 pm if you are waking up to urinate 
  • Use extra pillows to try and get comfortable 
  • If your spouse snores, have him try the breathe-right nasal strips 
  • Consider the use of a safe nighttime sleep aid such as Tylenol PM 
  • Take a nap every day if you are able. Many studies show that a 30 minute “power nap” in the afternoon can actually help you to function better the rest of the day, and help your brain to enter the phase of deep sleep which is needed during the night to provide truly restful, rejuvenating sleep (sounds like a mattress commercial).