For the last couple of years, sleep has become something I’ve sacrificed without a second thought. When I was pregnant, I did the walk to and from the bathroom countless times throughout the night. When our daughter was born, I rolled my eyes as veteran moms told me to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” Yeah, right!
But now that she’s older and sleeping through the night, I still find myself sacrificing sleep. This time though? It’s the dishes or laundry calling. It’s catching up on my favorite TV shows. It’s the opportunity to get things done or enjoy some rare “me” time.
The question is: “Is it worth it?”
Did you know, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
The amazing thing is, we obsess about our kiddos’ sleeping patterns — how they’re sleeping, if they’re getting enough sleep, etc.
Why don’t we do the same thing for ourselves?
Doctors recommend that adults get 7-8 hours a day — ideally in one long stretch. I can almost see our new mamas laughing and shaking their heads through the computer screen! As with all things in life, it comes down to this: we do the best we can.
Here are a few ideas to get you on your way to sweet dreams and a happier tomorrow:
Whatever your stage in motherhood, whether you are up every hour for a feeding or your baby is sleeping through the night, make sure you are taking care of yourself (that includes getting at least some sleep!). It’s the very best gift you can give to your kiddos!
A happy, healthy mom equals a happy, healthy family!