Ten reasons why letting Mom sleep may be the most thoughtful Mother’s Day gift of all
- Moms become too tired to “mom” (Daily Mom)
- Nursing mothers may find sleep deprivation dries up their milk supply (Romper)
- Having children in the house was the only factor associated with moms getting enough sleep, in one study, and each child increased the odds of insufficient sleep by nearly half (BedTimes Magazine)
- Moms only average 4 hours sleep a night during the first four months of their baby’s life; once baby reaches 18 months, moms still only average 5 hours a night (Mother and Baby Magazine via Trusted Clothes)
- In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found single mothers were the most sleep deprived (Sleep Resolutions)
- “If taking a nap has become an annual luxury then you’re doing it wrong” (Today’s Mama)
- Mothers who are sleep deprived experience daily problems with “unpleasant feelings of fatigue, irritability, and difficulties concentrating. Then, problems with reading and speaking clearly, poor judgment, lower body temperature, and a considerable increase in appetite. If the deprivation continues, the worsening effects include disorientation, visual misperceptions, apathy, severe lethargy, and social withdrawal” (Colorado Springs Moms Blog)
- Sleep-deprived moms pour dishwashing soap on their waffles, forget to set the parking brake, put clean diapers on over dirty ones, and other crazy things (Inspire More)
- One poll showed that 84 percent of moms experience a reduced quality of life because of their sleep deprivation, while more than a quarter said that sleep loss made them not want to have any more children (Baby London)
- Sleep deprivation can result in postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety/obsession compulsive disorder (PPA/OCD), or postpartum psychosis (PPP) in new moms (Sleeptastic Solutions)
Sure, Mom loves flowers and brunch and cards in the mail and phone calls, but let’s remember that they also need sleep, not just on Mother’s Day but everyday.
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