Mothers, do you need more ZZZZs?

Apr 28, 2010

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Research conducted by Pampers Nappies Sleep Report in conjunction with Tresillian Family Care Centers has found that almost every mum with children aged under two-years-old has suffered sleep deprivation.

Not only does it make one irritable, but things often always seem just a little bit harder without a good night’s sleep. So what can mothers do?

The IBT Health website (http://au.ibtimes.com/contents/20100426/sleep-routine-young-mothers-anxiety-irritability.htm) reckons the key is to immediately establish a predictable routine.

Professor Cathrine Fowler, spokeswoman for Tresillian said “One of the things that a parent can do to ensure their baby gets a decent amount of sleep is to check their environment is conducive for sleep – that includes ensuring you change their dirty nappy before they go to bed to avoid them waking with a leaking nappy,” she said.

“New mothers should try to establish a regular sleep pattern for their baby immediately as possible”, said Prof Fowler.

Other findings from the research include:

  • Lack of sleep is affecting mothers ability to enjoy quality time with their baby
  • A quarter of mothers with a child under two admitted a lack of sleep was making them feel unable to cope with life
  • One in three of the 1000 Mothers surveyed said sleep deprivation was putting a strain on their relationships.

Does this sound familiar? What tips do you have as mothers to get a good night’s sleep?

Source: Herald Sun, Tuesday April 27, Page 16.

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