Pregnancy & Sleep

Are you suffering fatigue during pregnancy? It’s very common to feel extremely tired, especially during the first and third trimesters. We can help you treat common sleep disturbances and disorders during pregnancy.

Sleep disturbances during pregnancy may be caused by:

  • Changing hormone levels
  • Nausea and other pregnancy-related discomforts
  • Emotions and anxiety about labor and delivery, balancing motherhood and work, or your changing relationship with your partner
  • Pre-existing sleep disorder
  • Heartburn
  • Sleep apnea

Common Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

  • Insomnia includes difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early or feeling unrefreshed. Insomnia related to stress or anxiety about your pregnancy may result in significant sleep loss. The discomforts of pregnancy may also disturb sleep.
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS) includes unpleasant feelings in the legs, sometimes described as creepy, tingly or achy. These feelings are worse at night or in the hours before bed, and they are temporarily relieved by movement or stretching.
  • Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. A noticeable feature of sleep apnea is heavy snoring accompanied by long pauses, and then gasping or choking during sleep.
  • Nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux (nighttime GERD), also known as heartburn, is considered a normal part of pregnancy. However, nighttime symptoms of GERD can damage the esophagus and disrupt sleep.
  • Frequent nighttime urination is a common feature of pregnancy and can result in loss of sleep.

Most sleep problems that arise during pregnancy go away once the baby is born. However, you should still pay close attention to your sleep after you give birth, as new sleep problems may arise.

Methodist Sleep Centers Can Help

Talk to your doctor about any sleep problems you experience. If symptoms are severe, she may refer you to one of our Sleep Centers:

Methodist Sleep Disorders Center - Memphis
5050 Poplar Avenue, Suite 300
Memphis,TN 38157
901-683-0044

Women's Health Locations

Southcrest Women's Healthcare
Southcrest Women's Healthcare

5480 Goodman Rd, Suite 2
Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-893-9890

Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center - Germantown
Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center - Germantown

7945 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-516-4300

Women’s Health & Wellness Center
Women’s Health & Wellness Center

1251 Wesley Drive, Suite 100
Memphis, TN 38116

901-395-2630

Olive Branch Women's Center
Olive Branch Women's Center

4250 Bethel Road, 5th Floor
Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-932-9544

OB-GYN Specialists
OB-GYN Specialists

6401 Poplar Ave. #530
Memphis, TN 38119

901-767-9368

Methodist Diagnostic Center - Midtown
Methodist Diagnostic Center - Midtown

1801 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

901-516-9000

Methodist South Radiology Department
Methodist South Radiology Department

1300 Wesley Dr.
Memphis, TN 38116

901-516-9000

Methodist Diagnostic Center - Germantown
Methodist Diagnostic Center - Germantown

1377 S. Germantown Rd.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-516-9000

Methodist Diagnostic Center - North
Methodist Diagnostic Center - North

3950 New Covington Pike, Suite 115
Memphis, TN 38128

901-516-9000

Methodist Diagnostic Center - Southaven
Methodist Diagnostic Center - Southaven

7400 Airways Blvd.
Southaven, MS 38671

662-996-2122

Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center - Midtown
Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center - Midtown

1801 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

901-516-4300

Margaret West Screening Breast Center
Margaret West Screening Breast Center

1381 S. Germantown Rd.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-516-4300

Methodist Olive Branch Radiology Department
Methodist Olive Branch Radiology Department

4250 Bethel Rd.
Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-932-9000

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital
Methodist Olive Branch Hospital

4250 Bethel Rd.
Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-932-9000

Methodist South Hospital
Methodist South Hospital

1300 Wesley Dr.
Memphis, TN 38116

901-516-3700

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital

7691 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-516-6000