As we continue to look at sleep issues during pregnancy we realize young moms-to-be are not sleeping well enough. The most common reasons women do not sleep well during pregnancy are:
- Snoring as their nasal passages become swollen from fluid retention
- Restless legs associated with iron deficiency
- General discomfort
In the latest poll on “Sleep in America” the National Sleep Foundation reported:
Exercisers report better sleep than self-described non-exercisers even though they say they sleep the same amount each night (6 hours and 51 minutes, average on weeknights). Vigorous, moderate and light exercisers are significantly more likely to say “I had a good night’s sleep” every night or almost every night on work nights than non-exercisers (67%-56% vs. 39%). Also, more than three-fourths of exercisers (76%-83%) say their sleep quality was very good or fairly good in the past two weeks, compared to slightly more than one-half of non-exercisers (56%).
What his means for pregnant moms is that brisk walking 40 minutes a day not only gives your growing baby the benefit of exercise but also a good night’s sleep. That is a great combination for health, good sleep and regular exercise. Both help you reduce your stress hormones during pregnancy. This leads to a calmer baby after you deliver.