Lack Of Sleep- The Silent Killer!

No Sleep- No Sanity!!

I don't think there is one mother who can not relate to the tremendous joy one can experience from that first full nights sleep!
Being a mum of 4 I can certainly relate to how soul destroying lack of sleep can be on not only you, but for the whole family.

Feeling like you are constantly drunk, forgetful, cold and irritable. That you are losing your mind- running around on empty, over charged and taxed from just, finally getting to sleep when the baby needs you again.

I used to think that there was an invisible alarm on my head that would tell my kids the moment my head hit the pillow!
The feelings of being run down, depressed and exhausted and still having to forte on is what makes us women the fecking supremacy of all the human race! Sorry fellas!

Is there any wonder women suffer with forgetfulness- brain fog, weigh issues and mood swings after having a baby? I would love to have seen my husband survive on as much sleep as I have- and broken- he simply would not have coped!

There are however very real diseases that can be brought on from lack of sleep- so whilst you are thinking its ok to not try and sleep whilst the baby is down, or the kids are playing.....yes, the washing and dishwasher can bloody wait!! Please be aware that these are real and a huge threat to your health if not taking acknowledgement of and enforced (sleep that is)-

  • Sleep deprivation can lead to higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. According to Harvard Medical School, for people with hypertension, one night without enough sleep can cause elevated blood pressure due to the extra stress that is put on the body from lack of sleep.
  • A Russian study found that out of 657 participants, over a 15 years period- 2/3 of them who suffered with a sleep disorder also developed heart disease. Not getting enough sleep can also lead to congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, heart attack and heart failure.
  • Depression and anxiety- a study in the US found that people who were consistently getting less than 6 hours sleep a night were more likely to be suffering with anxiety and depression. Another study showing that people with insomnia were 5 times more likely to report having depression than those people who were getting 8 hours or more.
  • Lack of sleep has also been linked with the development of certain cancers, including breast cancer and prostate cancer, a study showing that people who have their natural circadian rhythms disrupted, such as shift workers were at an increased risk of developing cancer. A study of 2,000 women from 2005-2008 found that the rate of breast cancer was 30% higher in women who worked late shifts. Whilst men who don't get enough sleep are more likely to develop prostate cancer.
  • Lack of sleep has been found to decrease the bodies natural ability to regulate glucose and produce more insulin, making it much more open to diabetes. consistent lack of sleep makes the body insulin resistant which results in high blood sugar and diabetes.
  • Lack of sleep has also been linked to obesity. Lack of sleep disrupts the hormones that control our appetite. When we are tired we often eat more and snack more because we are awake much longer. Also when we are tired we are more lethargic and then do not want or have the motivation to exercise then those who are rested and sleeping well.

So, Mummies- its is vital for you to rest when your baby is resting. Everyone, including you, needs you to be operating at a healthy, happy level.

Time with your baby goes so quickly, so enjoy those snuggles with your little one, even if you can't sleep- a good cuddle and an audio mediation will be the rest that you need.

Now where's the coffee.....​

About the Author Jeani Howard

Jeani is an award winning therapist, healer, author and speaker. Jeani has on her own journey of healing overcome PTSD, clinical depression and agonising anxiety. A mother of 4 who suffered with birth trauma and pre and post natal depression, now prides herself on having worked with 1000's of adults, adolescents and women through pregnancy, labour and their transition into motherhood.

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