Sleep is important for everyone. It gives your body a much-needed chance to rest. It is also when your body repairs and restores itself. Not getting enough sleep carries consequences. Studies indicate that not getting adequate sleep can contribute to things like weakened immune system, weight gain, higher blood pressure, impaired cognitive function and depression. For pregnant women, the need for sleep is even greater. The bodies of women work harder as they carry and develop new life. As a result, pregnant women need more sleep than before they were pregnant. Poor sleep during pregnancy increases the likelihood of maternal complications. Here are some ways to make sure you get the sleep you need.

Develop a Bedtime Routine

Associating certain habits with bedtime can signal to your body that it is time to wind down. Begin by making sure you go to bed at the same time every night. This will help your body to fall into a rhythm for falling asleep and ensure that you are making enough time for adequate sleep. Other bedtime routines to signal that it is time to relax might include taking a bath, reading, or having a glass of warm milk. You may even try some deep breathing to help you relax before bed– deep breathing exercises are also a great way to prepare for labor.

Turn Off the Electronic Devices

This is one we have probably all heard. Electronic devices stimulate your brain. When you are trying to prepare for sleep, the last thing you need is stimulation. A good rule of thumb is to have all electronic devices turned off an hour before bed.

Make Sure You Have the Right Environment for Sleep

Your bedroom should be an environment that promotes sleep. Get rid of any distractions or noisy devices. Curtains that block out light are a great idea. The ideal temperature for sleep is between 60 and 70 degrees and your bed and pillow should be comfortable and inviting.

It can not be overstated that getting adequate rest during pregnancy is important. Your baby needs it for proper development and so do you. Making sure that you have enough time to rest and developing a routine to promote sleep can go a long way toward having a healthy pregnancy. If you are looking for support and guidance through your pregnancy and delivery, contact Care for Mom today.

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