Women will average just five hours of sleep each night when they are pregnant
Happy Beds have researched into how pregnant women sleep - how many hours they get, what keeps them up and what positions they should sleep in too get the best snooze.
By: Happy Beds
In a poll of 2,000 parents almost a fifth of women said their sleep was 'extremely disrupted' during pregnancy, with 91 per cent suffering to some degree. Fifty-seven per cent of mums-to-be found themselves brought to tears by tiredness during their pregnancy.
Needing to get up for the loo, heartburn and being too hot were found to be some of the top triggers for keeping pregnant women up at night.
Joy Richards, Sleep Specialist at online bed retailer Happy Beds, who commissioned the research from OnePoll.com as part of its campaign to help pregnant mums get a better night's sleep, said:
"It's ironic that the time women need to sleep the most is a time when it's often the hardest.
"Trouble sleeping is something almost every pregnant woman goes through, for all kinds of reasons, from physical discomfort to worries on the mind.
"A bed or mattress that has been comfortable for many years can suddenly feel like the most uncomfortable place in the world, and it can leave women – and their partners – feeling helpless."
Three in five pregnant women struggle with being unable to turn over when they feel like it, and a quarter reported issues with sore hips stopping them from dropping off.
A further 15 per cent were kept up by their blissfully ignorant partner snoring on the other side of the bed.
More than four in 10 women also suffered from morning sickness – but rather than waking feeling queasy, the nausea would strike at night, keeping them awake.
Three quarters had much more difficulty dragging themselves out of bed each morning when they were pregnant.
Understandably, just one in 20 women worried about keeping their partner awake by tossing and turning all night.
However, a sympathetic 80 per cent of partners admitted to feeling sorry for their other half when they weren't able to drop off at night.
And a third of partners gave up on sharing a bed with their other half and cleared out to sleep on the sofa or in a spare room.
To help their pregnant spouse sleep, a quarter of partners went to bed earlier than they would have liked, with the same amount opening windows despite finding it too cold.
Thirty-five per cent offered back rubs to try and lull their other halves to dreamland, and three in 10 found themselves reassuring the mums-in-waiting there was nothing to worry about.
More than half of respondents also believe a better mattress would have helped them sleep better during pregnancy.
Happy Beds' Richards added: "We believe everyone deserves a good night sleep, especially expectant mums.
"With sore hips and an inability to roll over during the night being revealed as key issues for pregnant women, we think it is more important than ever to espouse the importance of choosing the best mattress for your needs. "
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About Happy Beds
Happy Beds is an independent bedroom and furniture retailer based in Batley, West Yorkshire. Founded in 2010, Happy Beds originally began as a third-party seller on Amazon and eBay before launching its own domain www.happybeds.co.uk in 2012. Since then it has sold more than 100,000 mattresses to homes in the UK.
Based entirely in the UK, all of Happy Beds' mattresses are built to order and sent from its Yorkshire distribution centre. It is also the sole UK supplier of the German-born Room In A Box cardboard bed (https://www.happybeds.co.uk/
Happy Beds' products have recently been voted as Best Bunk Bed and Best Storage Bed by the Independent, and one of The Best Mattress Guide's 10 Best Mattresses.
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Emma Hull at Happy Beds