Why Sleep is Important as a Mom
We all know that sleep is important, and yet according to HHS.gov, “An estimated 35 percent of U.S. adults report less than seven hours of sleep during a typical 24 hour period.” While some people legitimately need less sleep than others, for most of us, our burning the midnight oil is actually hurting us more than helping us.
Winding down for the day may be difficult, but it is essential. Here are three incredibly important reasons why.
Sleep is Essential for Productivity
Staying up late one night might help you get that last project completed, but make skipping sleep a regular occurrence and it won’t be long until you find your productivity waning. A lack of sleep leads to decreased focus, slower reaction times, decreased willpower and cloudy thinking. In other words, while you will have more time, you won’t be able to spend it wisely. The tasks that should be quick and easy will suddenly take much longer than they would otherwise. The next time you have an usually large amount you HAVE to get done–start the day by getting a good night’s sleep the night before.
Well Rested Mamas Are Happy Mamas
A lack of sleep doesn’t just affect your productivity; it affects your mood as well. Miss out on sleep too many nights in a row and your family will know simply based on your negative moods. If you want to be a fun, energetic, happy and engaged mama, getting enough sleep the night before needs to be a priority.
A Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Health Problems
Want to experience better health? Start with a good night’s sleep. Studies show that people who regularly don’t get enough sleep are putting themselves at risk for health conditions including heart disease, stroke, illness, infertility, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. A lack of sleep interferes with healthy growth and development and dramatically increases your chances of having an accident as well.
Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Thankfully, there are several tips you can try. Turn off the electronics an hour before bed and avoid coffee after 3 p.m. Maintain a daily routine, which involves going to bed at the same time every day. Wear comfortable clothes, purchase a better mattress and sheets if needed, and keep your room cool but not cold. A fan or white noise machine can help you sleep better as well.
Getting enough sleep may not be easy, but it is completely worth it once you develop the discipline and improved sleeping habits. Whether you want to improve your productivity, your family relationships or your health, catching up on all of the missed sleep is the way to go.
How many hours of sleep do you get every night? Is it enough? What changes do you need to make today to help you begin sleeping more?