Napping can be a great way to catch up on those missed ZZZs at night, but it’s important to do it right so you can avoid the same problems that keep the Sandman away even after the sun has set.
Find a cozy position
Whether on your bed, the couch, or a highly stable hammock, finding a comfortable place to shut your eyes can take a nap to the next-level of relaxation.
Avoid drinking liquids right before
There’s no quicker way to ruin a good nap then when the starting gun goes off on a 5-meter bathroom dash, so pregnant moms should avoid guzzling down the water in the little while prior to your beauty rest.
Buy a pregnancy pillow
Pregnancy pillows are a great way to help women find a more comfy position, particularly in later pregnancy when your Baby and womb are getting bigger.
Sleep on your left side
Pregnant moms should sleep on their left side, especially during the third trimester. This is better for Baby, and could help relieve the discomfort of some symptoms.
Find your Fortress of Solitude
Whether you turn your phone off, lock the door, tell your partner to leave you alone for the next hour and a half under the threat of exile, or all of the above (recommended), make sure that you go as undisturbed as possible during naptime.
Keep it short
Believe it or not, you’ll get the best rest possible if you keep your nap to 20-30 minutes, so as to avoid falling into REM sleep. If you are going to sleep for longer, many healthcare providers recommend getting at least 4 hours so as to avoid sleep inertia.
- “Sleep Tips for Pregnant Women.” National Sleep Foundation. National Sleep Foundation, n.d. Web.