Sleep deprivation is a national epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People are getting less sleep than ever before due to a variety of factors including demanding work schedules and access to technology. A lack of sleep can result in serious impairment: forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, and difficulty staying awake while driving or operating machinery. Which then begs the question, imagine how an already sleep-deprived person feels when all of a sudden they become a mom?!?!
SLEEP AND MOTHERHOOD
Sleep deprivation is especially rampant among new moms. If only mamas could follow the National Sleep Foundation’s suggestion for a better night's rest: get into bed the same time every night and rise at the same time each morning. Ha! Now that’s funny.
Mom might get into bed at, say 10 p.m. after a feed and she might get out of bed at 6 a.m. for another feed, but we all know she’ll be in and out of bed several times between then.
And of course, relatives, friends and strangers love to give advice about sleeping when you bring home baby. Sleep when the baby sleeps, they all say.
In theory, that makes sense. But who can sleep when the laundry is piling up, you’re hungry, you desperately need a shower and your favorite show is on TV?
Some moms say that they sleep better after baby is born because they couldn’t find a comfortable sleeping position while very pregnant.
But part of the reason they’re sleeping so soundly? They’re so exhausted that they fall into a deep sleep the minute their head hits the pillow. Sometimes, that sleep only lasts for a few minutes because baby starts screaming again!
Any way you slice it, not sleeping is torture. Literally. It’s used as a torture tactic by the military.
Thank goodness you love what’s (or who) is keeping you from getting shuteye. Otherwise, many months of that kind of torment may be enough to send you over the edge.
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