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Are you suf­fer­ing from mum-som­nia?

Be­ing a mum means your sleep is fre­quently in­ter­rupted. Can you even re­mem­ber the last time you had a full night’s rest?

A sur­vey of 2300 Aussie mums has re­vealed that only 20 per cent of us claim to reg­u­larly re­ceive a rest­ful night’s sleep, while the re­main­ing 80 per cent are in­ter­rupted with their chil­dren com­ing into the bed­room nightly. The mums sur­veyed also said that once they’ve set­tled their kids and are ready to head back to bed, nearly half of them take more than 30 min­utes to drift off or don’t get back to sleep at all.

Dr Amy Reynolds, CQ-Univer­sity re­searcher and Sealy Sleep Ex­pert, says tired­ness af­fects your mood and per­for­mance, and should be pri­ori­tised to keep on top of your health.

“Sleep doesn’t only im­pact our men­tal health – lack of sleep is also linked to weight gain, di­a­betes and heart dis­ease,” she says.

One way mums can im­prove their sleep qual­ity is to en­sure their body is prop­erly sup­port by in­vest­ing in a good qual­ity mat­tress. Sleep and bed­ding ex­pert at Sealy, Wade Gen­zer ex­plains: “If your body isn’t sup­ported in the right ar­eas, such as the lower back, the brain en­gages the mus­cles in­stead of telling them to rest.” This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for ex­pec­tant mums, as they need to think about good sup­port to ac­com­mo­date their body as it changes shape through­out preg­nancy.

And while sleep may not come easy, es­pe­cially for new mums, try and get it where you can. A rested mum is a happy mum!

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