New mums need better sleep, not more

It’s the broken sleep not the lack of sleeping hours that makes parents feel so tired, says new study

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A US study has discovered that new mums are not getting enough quality sleep, even though they are sleeping for an average of 7 hours a night.

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Researchers followed a group of 74 new mums during their babies first four months and found that, because their sleep patterns were frequently disrupted, many mums were being kept awake for a total of up to two hours every night.
 
The report, from the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, showed that many of the mums suffered from broken sleeping patterns, and less than half of them napped when their babies did.

Many mums complained of feeling extremely tired and fatigued in the day. Poor sleep can contribute to Postnatal Depression (PND) and can also damage a mum’s ability to drive safely.

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