Five reasons you are unable to sleep while pregnant (and how to get around them)
Pregnancy (especially during the third trimester) can take a serious toll on your sleep. You are going to spend way too many nights awake, just staring at nothing. Wondering why you are unable to sleep during third trimester of pregnancy? Here are six reasons behind that and what you can do to get a good night’s sleep!
Late night bathroom runs are keeping you awake
Late night bathroom runs tend to keep pregnant women awake during late nights. There is no relief from hitting the bathroom every now and then. The baby is in such a position that he is virtually using your bladder as pillow, hence the extra pressure on it! What you can do is to drink a lot of water during the day and limit the consumption late at night. In addition make it a point to keep lighting to minimum to prevent messing with your sleep.
Late naps interfere with your sleep
Okay, you tend to exhausted during the day and have to get a power nap, which happens to keep you awake. In order to prevent it from disturbing your sleep you ought to take that nap before 3 p.m. and limit it to around 20 minutes.
Indigestion can be a real sleep killer. You can keep eat away indigestion blues by maintaining a gap of at least two hours between your last meal and bedtime. Avoid spicy food as that can fire up your metabolism. Check with your doctor if the over-the-counter antacid is safe for you.
You are not comfortable in your bed
Not getting comfortable in the bed is yet another reason why you are not getting enough sleep. One reason could be your ever expanding belly which doesn’t let you settle in a suitable position. Or it could be possible that you are not getting your recommended dosage of iron, which is pretty essential for the baby’s health.
You have been freaked out
You might be over-thinking about pregnancy, the impending delivery, to do lists and tons of material that you might find online (pun intended, on us). Such thoughts keep your mind racing back and forth. A warm bath and/or reading a book (not related with pregnancy) can help in cooling-off your mind. You may want not to switch-on the TV late at night and avoid hooking on to internet as the bright light from the screen happens to keep you awake.