Pregnant women average just 5 hours of sleep each night

When I was pregnant with our twins, I always thought of myself as very lucky. I never experienced any morning sickness or other symptoms you’d typically associated with pregnancy. Many people assumed that because I was pregnant with twins, that I’d have all of the symptoms under the sun, including a heavy dose of morning sickness, but nope, nothing!

During the later months of pregnancy, I did however, start to suffer with my sleep. I’ve always been the kind of person who is usually asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow, but the last few months of pregnant put an end to this, and apparently I’m not alone in this.

According to ‘Happy Beds’ new pregnancy campaign, 91% of women said that their sleep was extremely disrupted during pregnancy. The poll of 2,000 parents, also found that 57% of mums-to-be found themselves brought to tears by tiredness during their pregnancy.

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I found that one of the main things that disrupted my sleep whilst pregnant was having sore hips. According to the campaign, three in five pregnant women struggle with being unable to turn over when they feel like it, and a quarter reported issues with sore hips stopping them from dropping off.

When you also factor into this that a further 15% were kept up by their blissfully ignorant partner snoring on the other of the bed, it’s no wonder that so many pregnant women were brought to the verge of tears.

Joy Richards, Sleep Specialist at online bed retailer Happy Beds, who commissioned the research from as part of its campaign to help pregnant mums get a better night’s sleep: “We believe everyone deserves a good night sleep, especially expectant mums.

“With sore hips and an inability to roll over during the night being revealed as key issues for pregnant women, we think it is more important than ever to espouse the importance of choosing the best mattress for your needs. “

“Memory foam mattresses are ideal for both pregnant women sleeping on their sides and partners looking for forty winks. The foam will shape itself to the body, providing ultimate comfort while still creating essential support.”

You can read more about the survey and get handy pregnancy sleep tips here.

Did you struggle to sleep during your pregnancy? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below.

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