The question of how much sleep an individual should get isn’t always an easy question to answer. The fact of the matter is that there are many different factors that go into determining how much sleep is the right amount of sleep for an individual. This is no less true for the woman who is pregnant than it is for anyone else. Still, it is important that you make sure that you are getting the right amount of sleep during pregnancy.
There are a number of ways to go about knowing how much sleep you should get during pregnancy. If you know how much sleep you needed before becoming pregnant, a good rule of thumb is to add between 30 and 90 minutes to that number. So, if you typically needed seven hours of sleep prior to becoming pregnant, then it is likely that you would need between seven and a half and eight and a half hours of sleep during pregnancy. To some degree, you are going to have to measure how tired it is that you are on a longer sleep schedule before you know how much extra sleep it is that you are going to need to get during pregnancy.
There are ways to measure how much sleep you should be getting during pregnancy, even if you aren’t certain how much sleep you needed to get prior to becoming pregnant. The simplest way is, for a week, go to bed each night when you feel tired. If you are consistently waking up before your alarm clock goes off, you know that you are probably getting enough sleep. If you are still very tired when your alarm clock goes off, you should consider going to bed earlier. Another option, if your circumstances allow it, is to go to bed when you get tired on the weekends, and see what time it is that you wake up the next day. After doing this for a couple of weekends, you should have a good idea of how much sleep your body is telling you that you need to get.