Pregnancy / Childbirth

Insomnia during pregnancy


Many women hear: sleep well in advance, because when a child is born, it will not be so easy. The advice sounds reasonable, but it is completely useless for pregnant women who are struggling with insomnia during pregnancy. Paradoxically, when the body is struggling with considerable physical effort, during which its weaknesses are revealed, it is difficult for a moment of respite and regeneration.

When do sleep problems appear in pregnancy?

According to the National Sleep Foundation study, as much as 78% of future mothers have experienced sleep problems during pregnancy. The more advanced the pregnancy, the more usually it was felt. Some jokingly point out that insomnia in pregnancy is a kind of training and preparation for what is to take place immediately after delivery.

Sleep quality and hormonal changes

Many women expect sleepless nights only after having a baby. Meanwhile, they often face such pregnant women. Why does the body work against itself, not giving the future mother the longed-for rest? It turns out that everything is caused by hormones that have a specific and direct impact on the quality of sleep. The sleep pattern is determined by the changing levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy (but also during the monthly cycle or during menopause).

What else disturbs the dream of a future mother?

The quality of sleep in pregnancy is also affected by other symptoms and unpleasant symptoms accompanying the pregnant woman. Especially: heartburn, stomach aches, baby movements, leg cramps, nausea, need to visit the toilet. The problem may also be the difficulty in determining the temperature for sleep: some future moms are cold, others because of accelerated metabolism is hot and stuffy. Emotional changes are also important: anxiety associated with the development of pregnancy, fatigue, stress and even depression.

Insomnia in pregnancy: how to help yourself?

Insomnia during pregnancy should be managed by natural means: