Sleep loss in women especially new mothers has reached epidemic proportions. According to a survey done by the National Sleep Foundation, finds that women on average only get about six-and-a-half hours of sleep a night. Experts warn that the long-term effects of missing out on sleep can be harmful.
Besides new mothers losing sleep and those who work and have family pressures, hormonal changes and an increased incidence of certain medical conditions like arthritis and depression can disrupt sleep and lead to sleep loss.
Research shows that short-terms sleep lass may increase blood pressure. And Moms say it can also affect their mood.
Some tips on catching some Z's, cut down on alcohol and caffeine, especially in the evening, exercise regularly, but finish your workout at least three hours before bedtime and if you can't fall asleep try a quiet activity like reading, knitting or listening to music.
Doctors also say women should be concerned about the possible long-term effects of sleep loss which can include heart disease, stroke and memory loss. And if you experience sleep disturbances for more than a few weeks it may be time to see your physician.