Most pregnant women are unaware that their inability to sleep through the night could be caused by increased stress in their daily lives. Stress has a way of dramatically affecting a person’s life and is most apparent in the changing of their sleeping patterns. Stress causes pregnancy sleeplessness in increasing numbers each year and reversing the condition can be difficult to accomplish.
An increase in stress levels is often pinpointed as the cause of pregnancy sleeplessness in many people. Stress can be caused by difficult situations, but stress can also be the result of anticipation of an exciting event, both of which may fit a pregnancy.
How the stress is handled will determine how much the stress affects a person’s health and results in pregnancy sleeplessness. Women that handle stress badly will experience pregnancy sleeplessness much more often than women that are able to adapt to different levels of stress easily.
What Are The Effects?
Stress can be healthy for a person, but high levels of stress for long periods of time can cause pregnancy sleeplessness for long periods of time and be harmful to the unborn child.
Pregnancy sleeplessness has a harmful effect on the health of the woman, causing weakness, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and other physical ailments. As the person goes, longer without adequate rest, the effects of sleeplessness on the body will become worse and worse and may even eventually be fatal for the woman and/or her unborn child.
There are ways to reduce the chances of developing pregnancy sleeplessness due to stress. The first step is to find ways to handle stress effectively so it does not affect the person’s normal sleeping habits.
Sometimes, training themselves ignore stressful issues that the person has no control over is sufficient to reduce the amount of stress in a person’s life. If there is something that is constantly stressing you out, you may have to limit your contact to the situation during your pregnancy so that you are not losing sleep over the situation.
Self relaxation techniques can also be an effective deterrent for pregnancy sleeplessness. Sometimes, these techniques include a relaxing bath before bed, stretching, or using relaxing scents before going to bed for the night.
In the most severe cases of pregnancy sleeplessness, the person may want to contact their doctor about obtaining an over the counter or prescription sleep aid that will not affect their child. This will help the person sleep better at night and wake feeling refreshed in the morning.