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Lack of Sleep Impacts Mommy Memory and Effectiveness

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“Being the parent of a new baby can quickly sap your strength and keep you wandering aimlessly in a land of not-enough-sleep.” - Heather Gaither

 

“Before I was a Mom - I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth every day.” - Unknown

 

“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep." - W.C. Fields 

 

Ah sleep! Yes, it is a basic fundamental need of all humans.  Yes, lack of sleep is an issue that mommies have struggled with since time began.  And yes, that lack of sleep impacts moms on many levels including their effectiveness as a parent.

 

A recent nationwide survey found that 52 percent of America's moms feel that more sleep would make them better parents and 65 percent feel they would be happier. In addition, data from the 500 mom survey, conducted by Braun Research, reported that 54 percent of the moms expressed that they were not getting enough sleep. Full-time working moms suffered the most (59 percent versus 48 percent of stay-at-home moms), with 50 percent getting six or fewer hours of sleep per night.

 

Many factors impact a mom’s ability to get a good night’s sleep including nighttime feedings, restless children, and just good old fashioned maternal awareness to name a few. One of the interesting facts that the survey revealed was that moms are often kept up thinking about the next day's "to-dos" (36 percent), stressing about the family's finances (25 percent), or worrying about family issues (24 percent).

 

 

Here are a few sleep improvement tips from the National Sleep Foundation (www.sleepfoundation.org): 

 

  • Establish consistent sleep and wake schedules (even on weekends)

 

  • Create a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or listening to soothing music - begin an hour or more before the time you expect to fall asleep 

 

  • Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool

 

  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows 

 

  • Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex (keep "sleep stealers" out of the bedroom - avoid watching TV, using a computer or reading in bed)

 

  • Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime

 

  • Exercise regularly during the day or at least a few hours before bedtime

 

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol products close to bedtime and give up smoking

 

  • Plan the following days activities and tasks the night before to off-load stress while sleeping

 

What are some of the things that you do to get enough sleep to be an effective mommy?

 

 

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