After giving birth, sleeping is one of the natural things that most women lose. Something that usually comes so easily has now become a difficult feat. Feeding the baby, tidying up, and trying to get used to the new person in the house, is already a lot of work. After all of these activities, you would think sleep should come easy, but it doesn’t.
Many women often develop postpartum sleep apnea, so the struggle to find decent sleep after birth is real!
What is Post-Partum Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Postpartum Obstructive Sleep Apnea is an insomnia problem that develops in women after pregnancy. When you find yourself struggling to sleep or breathing heavily during short naps then you might have sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs due to an increase in your hormonal levels during pregnancy. This increase in hormonal levels and your abdominal volume inhibits the muscles of the airway when you lie down.
Your lack of sleep may not be caused by OBSA, it might just be fatigue and a natural postpartum experience. But when insomnia persists for over 2 months, it may be time to get diagnosed.
The good news is whether you lack sleep because of fatigue or because of Sleep Apnea, research has shown that a simple change in sleep position can make a world of difference.
So according to experts what’s the best way to sleep when you’re battling postpartum insomnia? Lifting your upper body! Research has now proven that it can be as simple as that.
To lift your upper body, throw a couple of soft pillows under your shoulder blades and chest to lift not just your head but the whole upper part of your body. Sleeping in this position for 3 days brought about easy sleep for many women who suffered from mild to severe sleep apnea.
So, if you find yourself struggling to sleep, put your baby to sleep and try out this new position. Make sure you ask someone to watch the baby when you try it because you might just be knocked out for hours. Grab yourself some pillows and enjoy your sleep.