Science Shows Early Sleep of Baby Keeps a Mom Sane.
There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, and just when you think you are so tired that your eyes may close while walking to bed, a kid wakes up needing something. It never fails; sleep is hard to come by as a mom. Somehow, bedtimes get pushed back for one reason or another and then your own sleep is always interrupted, and then the morning arrives before you are ready for it. This cycle may drive you to crazy town, and with good reason! An article circulating recently stated that moms lose up to 40 days of sleep throughout their first year of motherhood. While this segment of time is one that most moms consider the survival time, it's the next few years as the baby grows into a toddler and young child that I want to touch on today. We all know that sleep is important. But did you know that lack of sleep can send you into a deep, dark place? It's true, your primitive side takes over when you aren't getting enough sleep or taking time to care for yourself. Not only is sleep important for you, but your child needs to get a good amount of sleep as well! Physical growth and brain development occurs during deep sleep, and the body needs this time to fight off inflammation or illnesses that may be developing. Getting your child(ren) to bed at a reasonable time each night gives you the ability to decompress and relax. A mom's job is never truly over, but two hours of down time every night certainly helps to reset the brain's ability to complete the tasks of motherhood the following day. That being said, ensuring you head to bed at a decent time also plays a role in your mental sanity!