Discomfort during pregnancy
During pregnancy, your need for sleep is greater, but it is not always easy to get quality sleep. Towards the end of the pregnancy in particular, the size of your belly and the baby’s movements can disrupt your sleep, which becomes lighter and less restorative, with more frequent awakenings during the night. Here are a few tips to help prevent insomnia:
- Eat small amounts in the evening.
- Get physical exercise, which tires the body and releases endorphins, relaxing you and giving you a sensation of well-being.
- Take a hot bath and drink herbal tea (linden, orange blossom or chamomile) before going to bed.
- Do not fight your sleepiness. Go to bed as soon as the first signs of fatigue appear after dinner. Indeed, digestion helps induce sleep.
- Take advantage of the weekends to take naps in the mornings and afternoons.
- Get into the habit of having some relaxation time before bed: breathe deeply while clearing your mind and listen to soft music.
- Make sure you don’t have a magnesium deficiency. This can lead to night-time cramps and unpleasant tingling sensations in the legs, which can disrupt your sleep.
- Finally, if your insomnia persists, you can see it as preparation: your body is getting ready for the interrupted nights you will experience after the birth of your baby! Turn on a small lamp and open up a good book while you wait for your sleepiness to return. But avoid watching television, which stimulates brain activity and can prevent you from getting back to sleep.