Sleeplessness

Posted by | October 08, 2017 | Symptoms & Remedies | No Comments

Pregnancy can occasionally be troubled by insomnia or sleeplessness.  The three most common causes are:

  • Snoring, secondary to nasal congestion
  • Restless Legs, usually associated with iron deficiency and anemia, and
  • General discomfort

Add anxiety and nervousness about having a child and it is not uncommon to have a sleepless night now and then.

If you are having insomnia, first you need to try and identify the cause.  If you have nasal congestion and you are snoring try wearing some nasal strips before you go to bed.  Also, if you wear support hose during the day you will prevent fluid accumulation in your legs.  When you lay flat at night, the fluid in your legs, comes back into your blood vascular system and swells your nasal passage way.  If there is less fluid in your legs, because of the support hose, there will be less nasal congestion.  So consider support hose, especially if you snore during sleep

For general discomfort, properly placed pillows can be a miracle.  Sleep on either your left or right side, although the left is preferred.  Do not sleep on your back during pregnancy.  This impairs blood flow to both you and the baby when the baby’s body starts to compress the major blood vessels along your spine.  Sleeping on either side is more comfortable and better for blood flow.  Sleep with a pillow between your knees for additional comfort. Make sure your head is resting at a proper height on your pillow.  You may need more than one.  Elevating your head a couple extra inches can help decongest nasal passageways and make breathing easier.  If you are feeling anxious over all the implications of having a baby and child to care for and nourish, talk to your partner or husband and family and friends.

Dr. Mark Gostine

About Dr. Mark Gostine

A physician for more than 30 years. He is a proud father of four and a grandfather of two. The announcement of his daughter Emily’s first pregnancy and the joy of his first grandchild, were major turning points in his life. They became the inspiration for babyQ. From then on, he wanted to dedicate his clinical knowledge and energy to helping young women have healthier pregnancies and better babies. Voted one of the best 100 doctors in his field in America, Dr. Gostine is a practitioner of nutrition who creates health education modules for his patients. He, along with Dr. of my children,” he says. “My hope is that young mothers and fathers everywhere will give their children the best start because it is so much better to prevent disease early than treat it later.” Dr. Gostine, a native of Michigan, received his medical degree from Wayne State University College of Medicine in Detroit, and is Board Certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. He completed his undergraduate studies and his medical residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, followed by a pain management fellowship at the Kansas City Consortium in Missouri. Currently President of Michigan Pain Consultants and Founder of ProCare Systems, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.