Effective Remedies for Sleep Disturbance in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most crucial and difficult phases of a woman's life. Pregnancy is a phase that leads to a lot of changes in the physical and mental state of women.

Also, it leads to a lot of discomfort. One of the major problems faced by pregnant women is that of sleeplessness.

In this context, it is worth mentioning that pregnant women tend to face problems like:

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  • Insomnia
  • Deceased quality of sleep
  • Decreased duration of sleep
  • Pregnant women also tend to lose daytime alertness.

Generally, the various phases of pregnancy, like the three trimesters, do not cause a marked change in the intensity of these problems. However, sleep disturbance in early pregnancy are the most prominent. This may be attributed to the fact that your body is not accustomed to the changes during pregnancy, thereby leading to greater discomfiture. This would mean that you become more comfortable in the second trimester as your body gets used to these changes. Again the third trimester causes trouble due to a lot of volatile changes in the body.

Remedies for Sleep Disturbance During Pregnancy

You may follow home remedies to relieve insomnia and enhance the quality and duration of sleep:

  • First and foremost, you must consume a well regulated diet with all the nutrients in proportionate quantities.
  • You must cut down on the consumption of caffeine. You may substitute coffee with green tea as it is as refreshing as coffee but will not keep you awake at night. It will also supply you with antioxidants that detoxify your body. Make sure that you talk to your doctor before you have green tea as it may not be advisable under certain circumstances.

  • You must restrict excessive intake of salt in your diet. You must cut back on the intake of processed or canned foods which are high in salt content for the purpose of preservation.
  • You should avoid heavy meals, especially for dinner. Heavy meals give you a feeling of fullness, thereby enhancing discomfort wile sleeping.
  • You must eat frequent small meals during pregnancy. This protects you from nausea and vomiting, thereby relieving discomfort and insomnia.
  • You must refrain from smoking and the consumption of alcohol while you are pregnant as these aggravate the problem of sleeplessness in pregnancy.
  • You must refrain from consuming a lot of fluids during late afternoons and at night. Instead, try to consume more liquids in the mornings.
  • You must consult your doctor if the problem of insomnia isn't ameliorated by these remedies. It is essential for the health of the mother and baby that the mother gets proper rest and sleep during her pregnancy.
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