Tips for pregnancy sleep

This post is sponsored through my partnership with Sleep Number.

I try to inject little moments of gratitude into our busy days:

when we’re driving over the hill and get the morning’s first glimpse of the ocean,

after I complete a super sweaty and fun workout,

when Liv and P wrap their arms around me so tightly,

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when I sprinkle chocolate chips into the almond butter jar and dig them out with a spoon (oops),

and so random: when I faceplant into bed each night. I LOVE being able to sleep on my stomach, and it was something I missed dearly while I was pregnant. Every night I think to myself, “I’m so happy I can finally sleep on my stomach again.” It’s been a year. It’s the little things, huh? I definitely have extra appreciation for a full night of sleep after being pregnant and the infant stage of waking up often throughout the night. 

with my Snuggle

Pregnancy sleep can be so uncomfortable as your belly grows and you deal with morning sickness, getting up to use the restroom multiple times a night, plus the related aches and pains of carrying a small human.

Here are some of the things that helped me to get better sleep while I was pregnant:

Tips to improve pregnancy sleep

 

-Pick up a pregnancy body pillow. A body pillow changed my life, and it’s the first thing I purchase for friends when they announce they’re expecting. It makes a huge difference and adds extra support when it’s to tricky to get comfortable. 

-Sleep in a comfortable temperature. Usually for me, that means to turn the temp down a bit so I can snuggle in the blankets. While I was pregnant, I overheated easily, and our house here doesn’t have AC. (They say when you live by the beach you don’t need it, but they lie.) We picked up some portable AC units to keep the temperature in the house much more reasonable during the hot summer nights. 

-Be active, and be still. Create some time each day to get in movement -I sleep SO much better on the days I work out- and also some stillness to meditate and bring yourself to the present.

stability ball chest press while pregnant

During my pregnancy, my anxiety was heightened because of some of the issues we experienced, and meditation helped me to create a calm environment to promote sleep, and also chill out during the day.

-Invest in quality bedding. Quality doesn’t necessarily have to equal super expensive. We switched over to Sleep Number’s bedding, and absolutely love it. We ended up getting a set for Liv for when we’re in a rental house in Tucson for a while this spring. She’s going to love it.

-I have some more tips for promoting quality sleep in this post, too, if you’d like to check it out!

I partnered with my friends at Sleep Number to write this post. Not only did they totally change Liv’s bedroom game -she loves her new kids bed!- but they have also introduced us to what are now some of our favorite products. Their products are innovative, and extremely high-quality. We’re been really impressed with everything we’ve tried.

This Ultraplush throw is my very favorite blanket for evening relaxing,

Throw

and we stopped into the Sleep Number store to pick up a few for holiday gifts. 

P at sleep number

Me with red Sleep number throw

They also have an amazing selection of bedding, plus tech pillows and Coolfit and Comfort Fit foam pillows.

Tom at sleep number

A luxe pillow makes a fantastic holiday gift. The full selection is available here.

So tell me friends: what’s your favorite bedding, throw or pillow in the house? Any tips for amazing sleep (pregnant sleep or non-preg)?

W livi bear at Sleep Number

xoxo

Gina

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9 Comments

  1. Charlsie N on December 15, 2016 at 6:56 am

    my favorite throw is actually my snuggly that my grandpa gave to me almost twenty years ago. The Christmas before he passed away.

  2. Julia@yogawinehappiness.com on December 15, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I haven’t gotten a good nights sleep in so long! I’m pretty sure my little guy is the worst sleeper on earth haha! When I was preggo I was always starving in the middle of the night so I made warm milk to both fill up my belly and help me sleep!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 15, 2016 at 7:22 am

    It’s funny to me how some people can sleep on their stomachs because I cannot sleep on mine. Sometimes I like to stretch out, but otherwise my back or side is my happy place.

  4. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on December 15, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Great tips !

  5. Sarah @ The Blonde Giraffe on December 15, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Girl!! The struggle is real not being able to sleep on my stomach!! Only like 5 more months until I can again…sigh!! I need to invest in one of the pregnancy pillows though!

    xoxo,
    Sarah

  6. Lindsay on December 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

    My best non-pregnant sleep tip is using essential oils at night. I rub chamomile, ylang ylang and lavender on my wrists and neck, and it helps me fall asleep in no time. Also I’ve recently changed my diet to cut out grains and increase my fat/protein, and the different is life changing. Thanks for sharing these tips!

  7. Lynn on December 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Sleeping on my stomach used to be my favorite, but now I have to make a conscious effort not to! Otherwise my upper back and neck will hurt for days. It’s the only thing that makes me feel old.

  8. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on December 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Definitely bookmarking this for the future! Great tips!

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2016 at 11:26 am

      thank you, lovely!

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