Up to 78% of pregnant women experience some kind of sleep disturbance in pregnancy. That means that almost every woman could be getting better sleep in pregnancy.
While causes of sleep problems can include difficulty breathing, restless legs syndrome (e.g., intense leg discomfort when laying down), frequent going-to-the-bathroom, they can also be caused by – and lead to – a whole host of emotional challenges.
In the midst of just trying to cope with feeling continually exhausted, you may not realize the hit that your emotional health takes as a result of poor sleep.
Recent studies show that when pregnant women experience poor sleep patterns, they:
The solutions seem simple: take naps and go to bed earlier. Excellent advice.
Why don’t we follow that advice?
Have you ever questioned the advice given by flight attendants at the start of every single flight: Put your oxygen on first, before you help others?
Of course not! It makes perfect sense!
Yet, mothers begin their self-sacrificing journey in pregnancy in subtle ways like forfeiting sleep for the sake of work and family. Somehow, we equate loss of sleep and well-being with dedication and being a good mother.
But, when we hear women talk about being a good mother, we hear things like:
None of these fine things can be accomplished when we’re in a dragged out, low energy state. Each of these wonderful desires takes ENERGY and INVESTMENT.
Today, listen to the ancient wisdom that has served many generations before: Love yourself as you love others.
Take time to sleep. It’s a habit that will serve you well as a new parent.
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