5 tips for getting a better sleep and having restful nights during pregnancy
Is sleeping well during pregnancy mission impossible? Not at all! With these few tips to maximize your sleep, you’ll be able to get plenty of rest despite the fact that you are pregnant. Enjoy!
1. Opt for shorter, earlier naps
It is well known that during pregnancy, one often feels fatigued. If this is your case, don’t think twice, just take a nap. That said, in order to avoid any negative affects on your night’s sleep, we recommend to make your naps shorter and to take them before 4pm.
2. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon
During pregnancy, it is recommended that you reduce your caffeine intake to less than 400 to 450 mg. If you drink coffee or drinks that contain caffeine, do so in the morning so as not to disrupt your sleep cycle.
3. Sleep on your left side
Did you know that sleeping on the left side shifts the inner vena cava to the right of your body? The result? Better circulation of blood and nutrients to the uterus. You will also be more comfortable as well! If you tend to move during the night, use a few pillows behind your back to maintain your position.
4. Learn some relaxation techniques
Do you know any meditation techniques? They may be helpful during pregnancy. If you are stressed or anxious, these techniques could help you fall asleep more easily and quickly. Combine them with a good, relaxing herbal tea!
5. Exercise, but avoid doing so within 2 hours before bedtime
Exercise is very beneficial and even recommended during pregnancy. However, we recommend you finish your exercise at least two hours before going to bed since hormones secreted during physical activity may keep you awake.
What are your favourite tips for a better sleep during pregnancy?