Sleep deprivation seems to go hand in hand with becoming a mother. It seems that the day you welcome your beautiful bundle of joy, you also say goodbye to a full night of sleep.
Our sleep deprivation though, seems to follow us moms well beyond the newborn stage. We are vigilant about our children getting the sleep they need, but end up putting our own sleep needs on the back burner. We want to do it all. Not to say that we can’t, but we would be so much better with a solid night of sleep behind us.
Most of us know this. I know this and yet I am probably one of the worst offenders of staying up late to relax, organize, write and blog. It is so tempting. The house is quiet. I can actually hear myself think.
Well if you are anything like me, sometimes you just need a friendly little reminder to nudge you into action. It’s time to start making sleep a priority and here’s why.
What Sleep Deprivation Does to our Bodies
The immediate effects of sleep deprivation are daytime drowsiness, decreased concentration, mood swings and low patience. These things we know, we feel them the morning after a less than optimal night of rest.
- Leaves us prone to Type 2 Diabetes and obesity: ongoing sleep deprivation can affect our metabolism and not in a good way.
- Can make us depressed. The link between depression and sleep deprivation are intertwined and can create a vicious cycle.
- Decreases our immune function and leaves us prone to illnesses.
- Decreases our life span.
- Makes us look older: a recent study revealed that getting our beauty sleep is no myth. Apparently, our lack of sleep shows up on our faces and makes us less attractive.
Well those are just a few untoward effects of sleep deprivation, and I think they are reason enough to hit the sack early, don’t you?
Need help falling asleep? Here are some sleep hygiene tips:
Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Finding your own magic number is key and should be based on how you feel the next morning. I think 7 hours is ideal for me but I rarely clock that in. I hope to change that.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. I know, I know, this is much easier said than done.
- Make your bedroom a place of calm and keep it clutter free.
- Get daily physical exercise, but not too close to bed time.
- Avoid large meals too close to bed time.
- Avoid alcohol, smoke, and caffeine before bed. These have been shown to interrupt your sleep cycle.
Here’s hoping we all get our beauty sleep tonight. Sweet Dreams.
Do you get the sleep you need? If not, are you going to make a change?