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10 suggestions for good sleep

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Stress, hormonal upheaval and a growing abdomen: all these factors can cause insomnia, night-time dreaming and nightmares, resulting in fatigue and drowsiness during the day. To solve this problem listen to your body!

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

(i) Relax! Sleep problems are often linked to anxiety, which increases as the birth approaches. Don't hesitate to speak to your doctor about this.

(ii) Why not do gentle exercise such as yoga? Sleep problems are frequently related to a lack of activity. This will also help you relax.

(iii) During the third trimester, you should preferably sleep on your left side. When your abdomen is round, this is the most comfortable position.

(iv) Eat light meals that are easy to digest. Avoid rich or fatty foods.

(v) Avoid stimulating drinks such as coffee or tea, especially after 16h00 or 17h00. Instead, opt for some warm milk.

(vi) Don't start tidying up your home just before you go to bed, as this might unsettle you! Give preference to calm and relaxing activities, such as a bath, a massage, a little reading or a little walk in the garden or the street, if that will do you good. It is up to you to find your preferred activity! Avoid relaxing in front of the TV: it will make you feel drowsy and will affect your digestion.

(vii) Make sure that your bedroom is tidy and well ventilated, as this will help you sleep!

(viii) Go to bed at regular times. It is essential to give your body time to recover.

(ix) If possible, don't hesitate to take a little nap for about fifteen minutes during the day. Don't worry - this will not prevent you from sleeping at night!

(x) If these solutions don't work, talk to your doctor.

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