Pregnancy with PCOS – How To Get Rid Of Insomnia Naturally

Among the bad effects of having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is insomnia. For women who are in the early stages of pregnancy, insomnia is likely a part of the deal. When compounded with the sleeplessness brought about by pregnancy with PCOS, it can get really stressful for you.

While studies have linked insomnia from PCOS due to hormonal changes, sleep deprivation from pregnancy could be due to various reasons such as sudden body changes and stress. You might not be able to sleep the entire night or wake up every hour, causing you to feel exhausted all day long. But how can you seize the day ahead if you haven’t received your beauty sleep? Today, we will help you solve this problem so that you wake up refreshed and not at all drowsy despite your PCOS and pregnancy.

What Causes Insomnia?

There are various reasons that might lead to inadequate sleep. Some of them are:

  • Frequent urination during pregnancy
  • Back pain
  • Stress
  • Nightmares
  • Hormonal changes in the body due to both pregnancy and PCOS

How Can You Treat Insomnia?

1. Exercise Regularly

It is recommended that the mother-to-be must follow a regular exercise routine. If your body is tired, at the end of the day you wouldn’t even remember when you fell asleep. So, exercise to the limit your pregnant body allows. Do not overdo it.

2. Warm Baths

Taking warm baths before going to bed will help your body relax. When your mind and body are calm and relaxed, you may enjoy better sleep.

Pregnancy with PCOS - How To Get Rid Of Insomnia Naturally
Pregnancy with PCOS – How To Get Rid Of Insomnia Naturally

3. Read

Reading a book is the best way to divert your mind from unwanted thoughts that may cause you stress. Also, you may feel sleepy after a while. Choose any book of your interest or go with magazines and newspapers, whatever you prefer.

4. Avoid Long Naps During The Day

Taking naps during the day is essential for pregnant women. But taking long naps might reduce the quality of sleep at night as all you will do is toss and turn. It’s better to decide the timing and duration of your naps so you won’t compromise the quality of your bedtime during the night. 

5. Listen To Soft Music

Music has its way of comforting and helping you relax. Before going to bed, try listening to some soft music. This will not only keep you relaxed but also help you sleep comfortably. Make sure to introduce this to your pre-bedtime routine to condition your mind and body that you’re ready to tuck into bed.

6. Maintain A Journal

A journal will help you get your thoughts out on paper. You might get many unwanted, stressful thoughts during the day. Take a pen and paper and write everything you feel. If you empty out your thoughts through your writing, you might feel calmer and more relaxed after, prepping you physically and mentally to go to bed.

Pregnancy with PCOS - How To Get Rid Of Insomnia Naturally
Pregnancy with PCOS – How To Get Rid Of Insomnia Naturally

If you still struggle with sleep because of restless thoughts, try to picture you and the baby in your mind before going to bed. That will not only boost your mood instantly but will prevent any further worries and nightmares. Picture everything good that you want in real life and relax. 

These are some of the ways you can try to sleep comfortably at night during pregnancy, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS. Since sleeping pills are not safe for your pregnancy and due to the risk of dependency, you can use these natural solutions to sleep better at night.

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