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I had something entirely different planned as a post for today. After a very late night though, I decided it was more important that I get some sleep.
Sleep is an important part of health and wellness. During pregnancy it’s even more important, as my body is working quite hard to sustain and grow life.
Even with a good night’s rest, I’m ready for a nap by mid to late afternoon. I suppose there’s really no way around this. And, sometimes I do lie down to rest, even if not sleep, as Monkey Boy and I have some quiet time.
Not getting enough sleep and rest makes my body have to work even harder than normal to keep me healthy. But, to grow and nourish new life, I don’t think it’s wise to skimp on sleep thereby putting both myself and our growing child’s health at risk.
Lack of sleep is linked to many different health issues – heart disease, a lowered immune system, stomach difficulties, adrenal issues, and depression, to name a few. For me, risking any of these health problems while I’m pregnant simply doesn’t seem worth it.
I tend to be much happier when I’ve gotten the sleep my body needs. Not to mention, I can focus, engage, and am less emotional. And, as any pregnant woman can tell you that the relative happiness goes a long way in getting along with others. Emotions and hormones really are high and can be the cause of relationship struggles.
Another great plus to good sleep, is that I don’t get as many aches and pains, I move easily, and I’m overall less anxious or cranky.
And so today, Monkey Boy and I slept in until well after 10. I might not accomplish much today, but I will feel good. And both mine and our growing Baby’s health is at less risk.
Besides that, isn’t sleeping much more desirable than redoing closets and cleaning bathrooms?