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5 tips to improve your sleep when pregnant

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Sleep helps you to recharge and keep going when you’re pregnant. If you’re struggling to get your Zzz’s, here are some things you should be doing.

1. NO LATE NIGHT SNACKING

Avoid eating within two hours of bedtime so you can snooze better. A balanced supper with filling carbohydrates, such as bread or pasta will keep blood sugar levels up and help prevent headaches, hot flashes and the need to nibble on unhealthy snacks. Drinking a glass of warm milk may help bring on sleep. To get the best sleep,stay off fried foods, such as chips and cookies and avoid food with caffeine.

2. GET COMFY

When you’re pregnant, it can seem impossible to find a comfortable sleeping position. Instead of tossing and turning all night, get a maternity pillow. It’s a huge help because it is long enough for you to hug, lay under your stomach for support, and extend down to between your knees. A bed that’s too hard or too soft can keep you up for hours so invest in a good firm one that supports your back.

3. WHAT’S ON YOUR SKIN

Being too hot or too cold can ruin your sleep. The easiest way to fix this is to adjust your sleep wear, breathable cotton fabric is best for warm summer nights, while you may want to opt for heavier material in winter. Beyond clothing, make sure you have a good amount of linen bygetting rid of extra layers if things get a bit hot, or having a blanket close by in case a chill in the wafts air.

4. LIGHT EXERCISE

Spend half an hour doing Yoga or Tai Chi, as they are both meditative and will allow you some time to relax and be calm while pregnant. Exercise will help unwind you so that you can sleep deeper at night. Additionally, exercise will help reduce the risk of leg cramps that often occur at night when pregnant.

5. NO FOMO

Curb your FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and Turn off the TV, your tablet, laptop and other sources of stimulation. The light from these screens can suppress melatonin production, so rather listen to music or audio books instead. Put your phone on silent so that you don’t feel like looking at every tweet or text message that comes in.