It’s Not Just The Kids That Need Bedtimes, Moms Do Too
It’s not just kids that need bedtimes, taking care of new-born is a daunting task but this shouldn’t deprive you of your sleep.
Getting adequate rest should be an integral part of a new mom’s lifestyle even if this means leaving certain household chores undone.
If you too are guilty of letting yourself get absorbed under the disproportionate bulk of household chores and child care, you need to stop. You are exposing yourself to the risk of over stress, which can harm you in more ways than you can think. Having a bedtime routine for your kid is great but set up a sleep schedule for yourself too. It is certainly easier to take care of a child when you are healthy, both physically and mentally.
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Here’s why it’s not just kids that need bedtimes, you too need it.
To keep you healthy
I just can’t stress this point enough. University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved a study that established a direct link between sleep deprivation and metabolic risk factors that contribute towards certain diseases. Inadequate sleep builds up stress which contributes to predisposition towards diseases like diabetes, cardio vascular diseases and obesity. The study revolved around social jet-lag caused by varying amount of sleep, as well as different wake up times caused by work commitments. People experiencing social jet-lag were found to be more at the risk of developing insulin resistance, high BMI, and increased level of cholesterol in blood.
To control your weight
Various researches have indicated the effect of sleep on the waistline. In one such study published on American Journal of Health Promotion, it is claimed that poor and inconsistent sleep for a considerable amount of time, puts women at the risk of gaining an excess amount of body fat. So if you want to lose some weight, remember it’s not just kids that need
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To increase your work performance
While this has been widely acclaimed that people who get peaceful sleep each night perform better at their workplace; now there is a study that backs this claim. According to the study published by the Nature, irregular sleep pattern has a direct link with poor academic and work performance. In the study, conducted by Brigham and Women’s hospital, sleep patterns of 61 Harvard undergraduate students were observed for 30 days. Those who got regular sleep and had consistent sleep pattern performed better academically than those with irregular sleeping patterns. Thus, having a proper bedtime routine and sleeping properly can help you ace those office meetings.
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If you find it difficult to establish a sleep pattern, try working a proper schedule for yourself. For instance, if your aim is to hit the bed by 10 pm then don’t wait for the clock to strike 10 and then begin your ritual of brushing teeth and getting into your pj’s. Scale at least half an hour backwards from the time by which you need to sleep. Stop using electronics an hour before you wish to sleep. Relax and unwind yourself before you actually hit the bed.
So next time you’re feeling tired in the evenings, remind yourself that it’s not just kids that need bedtimes, parents do too.
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