NO sleep TIL…
Every mum knows that having a new baby – or young children – is exhausting. Getting up in the night for feeds, to change nappies or soothe night-time tears is all part and parcel of parenting, but it takes its toll on your sleep patterns.
A study from The American Academy of Neurology and Georgia Southern University confirms what most of us already know – that women with children get less sleep than those without kids. Sixty-two per cent of women reported not getting enough sleep, or less than six hours’ sleep a night. The study also showed that the likelihood of insufficient sleep increased for each child added to the family.
However, the most interesting part of the study was the revelation that while mums’ sleep cycles were being disturbed regularly, dads’ sleep was not affected in the same way. “I think these findings may bolster those women who say they feel exhausted,” said lead study author Dr Kelly Sullivan. “Our study found not only are they not sleeping long enough, they also report feeling tired throughout the day.” While it’s tricky to achieve, try to sleep or rest while the baby naps.