Why pregnant women only get 5 hours sleep a night

Sleep can be hard to come by in pregnancy, let alone with a newborn baby. A recent study reveals just how little sleep mums-to-be get and why.

A photo of a pregnant woman lying on her side in bed with her eyes wide open and covering her ears with a pillow while her partner is fast asleep behind her.

Pregnancy news, 28/09/2018

Pregnancy can be tiring work. Despite this, a study from Happy Beds of around 2000 expectant mums found that 9 out of 10 experienced broken sleep.

Data from the study also showed that over half of all mums-to-be cried because they were so tired. And 3 out of 4 struggled to get out of bed in the morning.

Lots of reasons were given for the sleep disruption, including the fear of giving birth, an uncomfortable mattress, and even worrying about not getting enough sleep.

Top 10 reasons pregnant women aren’t sleeping:

  1. Being unable to turn over when you want to
  2. Heartburn
  3. The baby moving
  4. Being too hot
  5. The baby kicking
  6. Restless legs
  7. Sore hips
  8. Feeling sick
  9. Worrying if the baby will be healthy
  10. Partner snoring

Getting better sleep in pregnancy

Later in pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester more women report difficulty sleeping. Whether this is because of the physical changes that are going on or money worries, it can be very frustrating.

Try these tips to get more sleep in pregnancy.

And don’t forget to sleep on your side from 28 weeks’ pregnant. Watch this film to find out why:

Read more about sleep in pregnancy

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