The Sleep Session
Over the coming weeks I will be writing about each of the sessions that we have on the Preggas pregnancy and labour app.
I’m often asked why I have done or said certain things so I thought it would help if you read about the sessions on the blog.
The sleep sessions — unlike any other app — are tailored to each of your three trimesters to help you to visualise the growth and development of the baby as your pregnancy progresses.
Sleep can be challenging at the best of times for many people, and some mothers-to-be find sleep even more elusive during pregnancy. It goes without saying how important getting some sleep is, and to help I have distilled the latest scientific research into a relaxing track.
My goal for the sleep track is more than to help you sleep — ideally I would like you to feel a growing sense of connection with your baby, and to feel better during your day. Sleep will help with those things, but I also hope the session will help you develop a positive mindset.
Learn to make a habit, a ritual of winding down at night to get ready for sleep and make it the time to let go of the events of the day. One of the best ways to do that is by thinking about what you are grateful for.
Gratefulness has been extensively researched and shown to have multiple benefits. It boosts your immune system, it helps you have more positive thoughts during your day and it not only helps you get to sleep faster, it helps you stay asleep longer and wake more refreshed.
The act of thinking of things that you’re grateful for helps you to stop the negative loops that can sometimes go around in your head and help you to see good that has happened. Sometimes on bad days it can be a hard thing to do, but if you look for it you will find it, even if it’s someone opening a door or a smile from a stranger, the good will be there somewhere.
After the sleep session has gotten you into a nicely relaxed state by helping you focus on what you are grateful for, what better time to try to form a real bond with your baby?
Take the time to say hello, and enjoy the more positive headspace you are now hopefully occupying. Think about how these special moments can be an antidote to the stress and busyness of your days.
As you move through the trimesters and your baby grows you will notice them move when you talk to them, hopefully helping you to really connect with them.
Another goal of the sleep session is to help you practice your breathing. Breathing is something so natural we take it for granted and rarely notice the impact it can have upon our mood and how we feel. The more in-touch you are with your breath, the more you will be able to control it and this will hopefully lead to good outcomes for you.
The breathing pattern in the session — a shorter breath in, and a longer breath out — has also been examined and validated by scientists as having many positive benefits
So, putting it all together, I really hope the sleep sessions will help you sleep well through your pregnancy and help you feel all the better for it!