How do sleep patterns change during pregnancy?

Pregnancy can affect sleep because of the physiological, physical and psychological changes. The physiologic changes, including changing levels of hormone secretion increase the basal metabolic rate. The physical changes associated with the growing uterus can make finding a comfortable sleeping position difficulty. The psychological changes including the excitement, anxieties and potential stressors, can cause the mind to race and to interrupt sleep patterns.
HealthyWomen
Administration
In the early months of your pregnancy, you may find you're more tired than normal, taking naps and sleeping longer. In later months, you may begin to experience some sleep problems, including problems falling and staying asleep as the growing baby makes lying down uncomfortable.

Some of these problems may get worse as you get closer to your delivery time, and you may find you get your sleep in shorter stretches.

To help with pregnancy-related insomnia:
  • Take warm baths before bed.
  • Learn relaxation exercises.
  • Lie on one side with a pillow between your legs or use a body pillow that helps you stay in this position.
Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Regulating sleep may be particularly helpful during pregnancy, because pregnant women are more likely to report sleep disturbances. A study that followed 325 women throughout pregnancy evaluated sleep patterns before pregnancy and during each trimester. Although the total number of hours women slept didn't change during pregnancy, they were more likely to have restless sleep and wake up during the night as pregnancy progressed.
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