NO sleep TIL…

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Contents -

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.

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