Sleep scientists still aren’t a hundred percent sure on the causation for the elevated diabetes risk in insomniacs, but they theorize that it could have to do with inflammation in the body caused by pregnancy, and an imbalance of hormones which can lead to insulation resistance and elevated blood sugar levels.
The good news is that sleep combats these problems before they start by evening out hormone production, reducing inflammation in the body, and creating more naturally-occurring antioxidants to better help your body cope with stressors. It’s one of the best ways to help your pregnant body cope with its change, and as easy as extra rest on a comfortable bed, but what do you do when sleep is elusive?
Your body is obviously going through some pretty intense changes, and as such, sleep positions that worked before may not work now, leaving you tossing and turning — even in a comfortable bed that you’ve come to know and love. While some people may turn to sleep aids and other medicines, it’s important to remember that whatever you’re putting into your body is also going into your baby’s body. As such, it is key to find natural remedies whenever possible, to avoid added chemical stresses on the body.
The best position for sleep is on your side. This not only keeps you comfortable, but it also has been proven to increase blood flow to the baby and nutrients to the placenta. If you’re experiencing heartburn at night that keeps you up, try propping your upper body up with pillows to reduce the effects. It may not be easy at first to change your routine, especially if you’re a back or stomach sleeper, but know that with patience and a comfortable bed, sleep will definitely find you.
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