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Smarter Mom: Getting Your Zzzzs

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When you have a new baby in the house, the idea of ever, ever being able to stay up too late again is kind of ridiculous. 

Or so it would seem. But I know I am not the only mom Facebooking or working away and then looking at the computer clock in horror, calculating exactly how little sleep I'll be surviving on the next day.

I think a lot of things drive moms' tendencies to stay up too late….the aforementioned Facebook, chores, work brought home from the office, catching up with your partner or friends, or simply just being a night owl raising early-rising kids can make it very hard to get your minimum amount of sleep.

But trying to get eight hours (or however many you need) is critical to your health, well being, and ability to not be Yelly Mommy.

    •    Lack of sleep makes you fat. Being tired raises your level of cortisol, the stress hormone, which causes your body to hold on to fat and slows your metabolism. Too little sleep can also torpedo your eating habits. Studies have shown people who were overtired ate more refined carbs and sweets than people who had had a decent amount of rest….and who hasn't consumed a giant sugary mocha and a handful of M&Ms in an attempt to feel more awake?

    •    Driving while sleep-deprived can be as dangerous as driving drunk -- it slows your reactions and makes you more prone to distraction and even falling asleep at the wheel.

    •    Not getting enough rest means you're not performing at your best at work and at home. Being patient with your kids …or your boss…is a lot harder when you're contending with that raw feeling from a lack of sleep.

Try to get to bed even half an hour earlier …. then bump that up to an hour. You won't regret going to bed earlier, but you might just regret staying up later.

Do you stay up too late, or are you good about going to bed on time?

by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Edited by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM
Replies (11-20):
by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM
I'm not much of a night owl, so I'm usually asleep by 10:30 every night.
by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM
I go to bed almost right after ds does I love my sleep
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by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM
I've been getting about 3-4 hours forte past 2 years. Maybe it will bite me in the butt later, but it won't be today.
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by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM
Try telling my daughter this.
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by June on Aug. 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I typically get between 6 1/2 and 8 hrs.  I find that I'm very tired after the 6 1/2 hr nights.  I know I need to go to bed earlier, but it's so hard sometimes!

by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

 Ugh I stay up way to late and hate it.

by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I go to bed on time unless the kids are sick or something like that.

by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I stay up until 12 every night. 

by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM
We go to bed at 10pm. I am awaken atleast 5 times a night by my dd who is 2 and has night terrors. She has been doing this since she was 4 months old. She has had 11 episodes in one night. I havent slept in 2 yrs. I'm always exhausted.
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by on Aug. 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM
I'm in bed by 10
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