One of the first things people like to tell you when they learn you’re expecting is how you can kiss sleeping goodbye. Though their foreboding warning may contain an element — okay, a lot — of truth, the issue of sleepless nights can occur long before your baby ever arrives. As it turns out, knowing about insomnia during pregnancy and how to address it properly might offer some relief. Thank goodness there are ways to cope with this restlessness because I know first hand how frustrating and exhausting insomnia is when you’re pregnant. I truly wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
If you’ve ever been so deliriously tired, but not able to sleep, that you’ve pleaded with various gods and higher powers to help, you’re not alone. According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA) a whopping 78 percent of expectant mothers experience insomnia at some point during their pregnancy. Thankfully, there are quite a few ways to address this situation, starting with potential causes. “Hormone fluctuations can cause hot flashes and night sweats, creating discomfort during sleep,” Sleep Train consultant Hilary Thompson tells Romper. “Keep the room temperature around 65 degrees, use a fan, or use temperature-regulating sheets and pillows.” Luckily all three of those suggestions are relatively inexpensive fixes to a temporary challenge.
Identifying the reason you can’t sleep, like being too warm, means you can cope with it by modifying your bedtime habits. Checking your sheets and clothing…
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