If you fall into the vast majority, this bedtime routine may sound familiar: check email, scroll instagram, and maybe a few episodes of the Office until we fall asleep. But did you know, the artificial blue light emitted by our phones, tablets and computers actually messes with our internal clock? (1) This is why even after a full night’s sleep, if you spent time scrolling right before bed, you may wake up tired.
Pregnancy, especially the third trimester, comes with its own special challenges. There are increased hormone fluxuations as your body prepares for labor, baby is starting to infringe on the space your lungs and bladder used to occupy, and heartburn becomes a constant occurrence.
All this fun impacts sleep. Now it’s no secret that new parenthood is also a time of limited R&R, so I find it especially rude that it becomes harder to get a good night’s sleep towards the end of pregnancy.
While deep, perfect slumber may not be in the cards for a little while, there are some things we can do make most of that attempted shut-eye time.