What to Expect When You’re Expecting- Pregnancy & Sleep

Sleeping while you are pregnant is an additional challenge that you don’t expect initially.  I knew that I would probable be uncomfortable sleeping but that was the extent.  I was wrong as you start to get bigger it is harder to find a comfortable position.  I believe if you are already a side sleeper you are ahead of the game and it is an easier adjustment.  I thought I slept on my side however; found that I am a back sleeper for the most part.  I had to learn to sleep on my side the further into my pregnancy mainly after the first trimester.  Research shows it is best to sleep on your left side to keep the uterus off your large organ, the liver.  It is also supposed to be better for circulation.

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I would make my own little cocoon of pillows until my wonderful husband purchased a body pillow for me to try.  I wasn’t sure how I would sleep with this big pillow, wow what a pleasant surprise.  I was able to place the lower part of the pillow between my knees to align my spine and my tummy rested on the middle so I didn’t feel this weight pulling.  The baby also seemed to be less active, at least for me.  The night activity of my first was crazy, he would have these punching battles that would wake you and it took a while to get back to sleep.  I would also place a regular pillow behind me at my lower back to prevent me from rolling onto my back.  The nice thing today is that you can find pillow covers to blend with your décor so it’s not just a white pillow. ( Check out our body pillow selection!)

 

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Pregnancy is different for everyone.  I would listen to suggestions and try the ones that I thought would work for me.  People are just trying to help and I would rather hear suggestions all day than have people touching my growing tummy.  Remember you have to take care of yourself so you are rested as much as possible to care for the miracle that will soon enter into your life.

Sweet Dreams!

Blog Author: Jodi, Product Inventory Manager

Fun and Interesting Facts about Sleep

Sometimes talking about too much sleep can put you to sleep! It is important to know that sleep plays a key role in living a sound mind and sound body lifestyle, but learning about sleep can be a boring task at hand. This is why we take a few moments to put together a list of interesting and fun facts about sleep. The following list is one that I put together with the most interesting sleep facts that I believe are not only interesting but can help improve bad sleeping habits.

  1. The Less you sleep, the more your genes contribute to how much you weigh. The more you sleep, the less your genes determine how much you weigh, and the more control you can have over your weight.
  2. Lack of sleep can raise the sensation of hunger by 25 percent. Sleep more and you can eat more or burn more calories.
  3. Sleeping directly after learning something new will improve your ability to remember it effectively
  4. A study of sleep breathing disorders and cancer mortality shows an association between sleep apnea and an increase in your chance of dying from cancer.
  5. The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have all been attributed to human errors in which sleep-deprivation played a role.
  6. In 2004 more than 35 million sleeping pill prescriptions were filled in America, a number that more than doubled from the previous four years.
  7. Although people born blind don’t see images when they dream, they do have an increased auditory, tactile, and olfactory experience
  8. You can only dream about faces you have already seen.
  9. Almost everything we know about sleep, including the facts on this list, was all learned in the last 25 years.
  10. Brain waves are more active when we are dreaming than when we are awake.
  11. The average dream lasts between 10 and 15 minutes
  12. 42% of people felt they had had a dream about something that later came true.

These are just a few interesting facts compared to everything that scientists have listed. With growing technology, sleep facts and data will only get more and more interesting and useful. Perhaps scientists will one day figure out how to demolish sleep apnea which can cause an increase in heart attacks and stroke. Maybe one day it will be possible to download all of our dreams and replay them. These are just some of the possibilities that could happen with increased technology down the road. Until then, we can only dream about the limitless possibilities within our own minds.

Blog Author, Jesse, Channel Manager

References:

http://www.abc.net.au/science/sleep/facts.htm

http://www.businessinsider.com/15-things-you-should-know-about-sleep-2012-6?op=1

http://www.achooallergy.com/interesting-sleep-facts.asp

Why Sleep Is Important

Aside from fitness and healthy eating, sleep is just as important for optimal health. The quality and amount of sleep affects the quality of your waking life. This can range from your mood, energy, physical vitality and even your weight. It is amazing how many benefits come from so little effort!

There are many effects of sleep deprivation that can cause harm to your personal being and to others as well. Sleeping can cause drowsiness and fatigue and can slow your reaction time as much as driving drunk. According the National Highway Traffic safety Administration, fatigue is a cause of 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S. Similarly, fatigue can cause poor judgment in most adults because sleep affects our interpretation of events. The inability to making sound judgments may cause someone who is tired or fatigued to make the decision to drive anyways.

Sleep Deprivation can also lead to Serious Health Problems which can include Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and weight gain. According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a night were 30% more likely to become obese than those who slept for nine hours. According to WebMD, the peptide Ghrelin “stimulates hunger and leptin signals satieity to the brain and suppresses appetite. Shortened sleep time is associated with decreases in leptin and elevations in ghrelin.”

Many other negative effects can include reduced creativity and problem-solving skills, inability to cope with stress, reduced immunity, concentration, and moodiness and irritability. Most people may think that 6 hours of sleep may be enough, but this is just a myth. The following is the average sleep needs by age;

  • New Born to 2 months old: 12-18 Hours
  • 3 months to 2 year old: 14-15 hours
  • 1 to 3 year olds: 12-14- hours
  • 3 to 5 year olds: 11-13 hours
  • 5 to 12 year olds: 10-11 hours
  • 12 to 18 year olds:8.5-10 hours
  • Adults (18+): 7.5-9 hours

Remember that sleep is one of the most important factors in living a healthy lifestyle. It is important to get enough hours of sleep as well as the quality of sleep. Constant noises, smoking and drinking, and constantly changing your sleeping pattern can affect the quality of your sleep as well. To maintain energy throughout the day, cope with stress, and maintain a healthy mind and body it is important to get plenty of sleep in a sound environment.

 Blog Author: Jesse, Channel Manager, Pacific Pillows 

Works Cited

Smith, Melinda, M.A., Lawrence Robinson.  Helpguide.org. Harvard Health Publications, 2013.  Web. 27 Feb. 2013.

Peri, Camille, M.A. Webmd.com, 2012. Web. 27 Feb. 2013.