Pregnancy insomnia can be caused by a few things such as the hormones racing around your body, getting up frequently to go to the toilet, your mind racing from excitement or nervousness about what is ahead, your baby is a night owl and likes to move around when you are trying to sleep or being uncomfortable and sore from back aches and cramps.
I am fine getting to sleep but when I wake up to go to the toilet about 80% of the time I can't get back to sleep straight away. Some nights I am tossing and turning for 2 hours. It really is annoying. But I found the more frustrated I get, the harder it is to get back to sleep.
I wanted to share with you some things I am doing to get through this annoying part of the night during pregnancy and hopefully it can help you too.
+ Get up and move around but make sure you do it in the dark or dimly light room. The last thing you want are bright lights in your eyes which will make it even harder for you to get back to sleep.
+ Quiet your mind with some simple meditation. I do this each time I am stuck awake in the wee hours of the night. I focus on my breath and allow my mind to quieten down.
+ Before you go to bed have a cup of chamomile tea. This tea has a mild sedative effect which is perfect for just before bed. Or even during the night when you get up, make yourself a cup.
+ Any emotions that you have let them out, whether that be having a good cry or writing in your journal. When you let things out, the less likely they are to play on your mind.
+ This one may sound a little odd, but I tend to open my eyes and look around my bedroom. I quieten my mind and just keep my eyes open. When I tend to do this my eyes start to get heavy and I fall back asleep.
+ Get yourself some essential oils. Lavender is the perfect calming oil, so take a sniff or pop a drop on your pillow and allow yourself to fall back asleep.
I really hope these little tips help you get through the middle of the night when you just can't get back to sleep. Know that it isn't forever and if anything it is good practice for when your baby is born and you are up during the night doing feeds.
Do you have any other remedies that you used or use during your pregnancy? Share them with us in the comments below.
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