Highlights from Various Sources
National Sleep Foundation
Their page expands beyond a list of tips into explanations and helps for pregnant women. Highlights -
- One recent study reported that changes in sleep occur in 13-20% of women in the first trimester and increase to 66-90% by the third trimester. In general, nausea can be experienced early whereas general discomfort may disrupt sleep later in the pregnancy.
- Consider participating in cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapy helps people with insomnia identify and correct inappropriate thoughts and beliefs that may contribute to insomnia. In addition, cognitive therapy can give people the proper information about sleep norms, age-related sleep changes, and help set reasonable sleep goals, among other things.
- As might be expected, mothers of newborn babies experience a lot of sleeplessness and daytime sleepiness, which may contribute to the "postnatal blues" experienced by 75-80% of most new mothers.
- Pregnant women who have never snored before may begin doing so.
- Up to 15 percent of pregnant women develop Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) during the third trimester.
("Tips that May Help Sleep".)