Can Pregnant Women Sleep Under 12 Noon? Know the Effects of Sleeping Early in Pregnancy
Adequate sleep is a must, especially for pregnant women. In fact, a woman who is pregnant needs a few more hours of sleep each night or should supplement her night’s sleep with naps during the day, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Unfortunately, for many expectant mothers, getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night becomes increasingly difficult as their pregnancy progresses. There are many physical and emotional barriers to sleeping at this stage. It’s common to feel more tired than usual during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy.
In the first trimester, blood volume and progesterone levels increase. This can make pregnant women often feel very sleepy. In the third trimester, carrying the extra baby weight and the emotional anxiety of the upcoming labor can make a pregnant woman want to spend more time in bed.
Apart from these hormonal and physiological changes, pregnant women may not get good quality sleep. Pregnancy-related discomfort, as well as increased levels of stress and anxiety, can also lead to restless nights. This can make you feel more tired and want to sleep in the morning or afternoon.
Can pregnant women sleep under 12 noon?
Sleeping for pregnant women, under 12 noon is actually allowed, Mother. This is because naps are highly recommended. According to research published in the journal Sleep Medicine, pregnant women who take regular naps tend to have babies with lower birth weights.
Low birth weight is associated with health complications during childhood and adulthood, such as respiratory disease and hypertension. So naps are not only beneficial during pregnancy, but have potentially huge benefits for your baby’s long-term health.
Related to this research, researchers in China analyzed data from 10,111 participants in the 2012-2014 Healthy Baby Cohort study. They found that pregnant women who regularly took between 60 and 90 minutes of naps were 29 percent less likely to have a low birth weight baby when compared to mothers who didn’t nap.
They also found that napping five to seven days a week reduced the chances of having a low birth weight baby by 22 percent.
Dr. Suzanne Karan of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York felt the findings were significant. He says this nap study is another signal that paying attention to sleep is an important part of your overall pregnancy health,” said Karan.
“Pregnancy is like a stress test that shows what health problems you could have later in life, so it’s important to notice and treat them now.”
Then, what is the effect of sleeping in the morning or afternoon for pregnant women? Read on the next page, Mother.
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