We aren’t going to lie – getting enough sleep during pregnancy can be tough. Between bathroom sprints, restless legs, and finding a comfy place to rest, the ZZZs may be hard to come by. However, getting enough sleep is a great way to help you recharge and stay alert and energized through the day, as well as boost your health, allowing you to more effectively manage symptoms, and encourage healthy growth for Baby. So while getting enough may be tough, doing so could make your world a far more pleasant one.
Why do I have a sleep goal?
Sleep is the time when your body can recover best, and help you deal with certain symptoms that you may struggle with throughout pregnancy. And because your personal health improves when you get enough sleep, your ability to support Baby does as well! Your sleep goal is there to help you regularly get a healthy night’s sleep.
How much sleep do I need?
Although it differs from woman to woman, many healthcare providers recommend that pregnant moms get at least 8 hours of sleep each night, since this is approximately the amount that your body needs to really recover from the rigors of a difficult day. Ovia uses this clinical guideline as your default sleeping goal during pregnancy.
Do sleep goals change throughout pregnancy?
Although your pre-set sleep goal won’t change throughout pregnancy, it’s entirely possible that you may have greater or less difficulty sleeping than normal at any given point throughout your pregnancy, so if you feel like 9 hours is a reasonable goal for you, shoot for it!
- “Sleeping By The Trimesters.” Sleep Foundation. National Sleep Foundation, n.d. Web.
- “Pregnancy & Sleep.” National Sleep Foundation. National Sleep Foundation, n.d. Web.