Are you tired but unable to drop off to sleep? Find yourself waking up frequently during the night? While your sleep disruption may be down to discomfort, your baby kicking or indigestion; the inability to mentally switch off can be distressing.
Suffering from insomnia can lead to tiredness and depression, ultimately leaving you with no energy and a sense of disorientation.
Develop a winding-down routine before bedtime. Try to avoid watching television before you go to sleep, simply because this stimulates your brain too much.
Instead, why not try a candle-lit bath with some lavender oil added to make you sleepy, lie on the sofa and listen to some relaxing music, and sip a milky drink before you go to bed.
Lavender is well known for its relaxing properties, so have a sachet or pillow stuffed with lavender on your bed or use a fragrant pillow spray and you'll soon feel yourself drift away.
Try to position yourself on your side, as lying on your back in later pregnancy presses on the main vein transporting blood from the lower body.
Use pillows between your legs or under your bump to make you more comfortable.
Obviously, you can only really do this if you’ve started your maternity leave, but a day-time nap of around 30 minutes can really help you get through the day.
Try not to sleep longer than this though and no later than 3pm, as this will disrupt your night-time sleep.
Sleep with the window open, even in the winter, but don’t allow the room to become too cold.