All too often, pregnancy and insomnia wind up being related conditions. The fact of the matter is that many women will have sleep troubles of some degree or another during their pregnancy. Insomnia can be especially frustrating during pregnancy, as the pregnant woman may find that she is struggling just to get enough sleep to function effectively.
Insomnia is common in pregnancy for several reasons. First, during pregnancy, you will have a huge increase of the hormone progesterone. This will happen primarily in the first trimester of pregnancy. Progesterone can contribute to insomnia on a couple of levels. First of all, progesterone tends to make a woman feel fatigued. This fatigue can, ironically, make it difficult for a woman to fall asleep. In addition, progesterone can have a sedative effect. This may cause the pregnant woman to feel as though she needs to take more naps during the day, which can then lead to troubles with sleeping at night.
Later on in pregnancy, there are other things that can contribute to insomnia. As your baby gets bigger and bigger, you may find that it is harder and harder to get comfortable in bed. You may find that you have so much pressure on your bladder that you have to get up several times during the night just to go pee. In addition, many women have trouble getting situated in bed at this stage of pregnancy, and find that they are tossing and turning all night. Leg cramps in later pregnancy are also a common reason for insomnia.
There are things that you can do to help with insomnia during pregnancy. You might consider using a herbal tea that can help you relax, if not help you sleep. It is best to stay away from sleep medications, as many of these aren’t necessarily safe for your baby during pregnancy. You might also consider using a relaxation CD that will help you sleep. Dropping or cutting back on caffeine may help, as well. Keeping your stress level under control won’t hurt, either, as stress can help to trigger insomnia as well.