Having a child can be a beautiful thing, but of course, there are some changes to your daily habits and health that can drastically change with the introduction of a newborn into your world. But did you know that it is highly common for mothers (and fathers, to a lesser extent) to feel sleep-deprived well into a child’s life?
If you’re the proud mother of a five or six-year-old, you may still be experiencing the effects of sleep deprivation. According to a study published in the Sleep Journal by the Sleep Research Society, both men and women experienced a below-average level of satisfaction with their sleep quality and length.
In both women and men, sleep satisfaction and duration did not fully recover for up to 6 years after the birth of their first child.
Besides reducing cognitive ability, sleep deprivation takes the shape of changes in mental health in many mothers. Today’s Parent’s article on sleep and mental health lists mental health repercussions from a lack of sleep, specifically around anxiety and depression.
The mental health conditions can be exacerbated or brought on by the lack of sleep and subsequent mood swings that occur as a result of sleep deprivation. Low moods can occur after one night of lacklustre sleep, but add four more years onto that and it’s safe to say that many parents’ moods, from frustration to impatience to anger, can be attributed to chronic sleep issues.
So sleep affects a mother’s mental health – what can be done about it?
Sleep can be confusing to manage, with so many tips and tricks to test out. While a bedtime routine and even your day leading up to sleep are important factors to focus on, starting with a luxury mattress that will support you both mentally and physically can help you make the most of every minute asleep.
After years working on sleep health and psychology, our top recommendations for improving your sleep as a parent include:
This means that you have to plan your sleep ahead of time and draw boundaries around your sleep schedule as much as possible. This might feel fairly easy for you, but for many, this may include developing a shift schedule with you and your partner to protect the quality of your sleep as much as possible.
You may not feel like you have enough time to have your own bedtime routine, but it’s important to introduce consistency to alert your body that it is time to sleep – therefore making every minute in bed count. This can simply mean having the same tea every night half an hour before bed, lighting a candle with a specific scent or staying screen-free for an hour before bed.
Many factors can affect your quality of sleep, including your sleep comfort. A luxury mattress that is created with careful attention to materials and requirements, will be able to physically and mentally support you and your quality of sleep.
SAMINA has created a sleep system that includes luxury mattress bedding made from 60% organic cotton and 40% Bio-Ceramic® yarn. Bio-Ceramic® yarn delivers healthy infrared radiation and negative ions, both of which encourage healthy sleep patterns for users. These benefits help your body’s microcirculation, energy restoration, more drowsiness to promote the initial transition to sleep and optimal ambient heat and moisture.
Further, the construction of the bedding carefully considers physical support and how stress on the body can be reduced for a more restful and relaxed sleep.
Dr. Liborio Parrino, Chair of the World Sleep Day Committee, stated in the World Sleep Day Toolkit:
“Extending our sleep period also improves our mental and body performances during the day and, last but not least, enhances our dreaming experience, as REM stages are mostly concentrated in the final portion of sleep, which is often curtailed by the urging rules of modern life.”
Make sleep your priority. SAMINA sleep systems, including their luxury eco-friendly mattress, all of which are constructed to deliver comfortable sleep with the added health benefits of non-toxic mattress materials. Parents, we know you are tired. Let us help you restore your healthy sleep patterns and make the most of your time both awake and asleep. Contact us and request more information about SAMINA sleep systems here.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average adult requires at least 7-hours of sleep each night to live a healthy life. For some Americans, this number is simply unobtainable, sometimes for reasons outside of our control.
When it comes to “controlling the controllables”, however, the mattress you sleep on plays a large role in the quality and length of your sleep. Choosing a comfortable eco-friendly mattress decreases the chances of sleep disturbances. Some of the ways a balanced sleep schedule improves your life include:
Recent studies have shown that there’s a strong connection between sleep and the human immune system. As our bodies rest at night, your immune system remains active, fighting internal bacterium, infections, and more. When you miss sleep your immune system takes a hit and is no longer able to function at its most optimal capacity.
For chronic inflammation sufferers, the effects of sleep deficiency on your immune system is immense. This is because inflammatory mediators increase when the body doesn’t receive enough sleep. This worsens injuries, intensifies joint and muscle pain, and prolongs healing efforts.
The heart is a complex piece of biological machinery. One of the components allowing your heart to function normally is sleep. When your body rests, everything from hormones to blood sugar is regulated and normalized. A study published in the Journal of Progress in Cardiovascular Disease reported high blood pressure, inflammation, and hypertension to be among the symptoms which arose when adults sleep less than 6-hours a night.
Poor sleep alters your metabolism, slowing it down. A low metabolism prevents your body from turning sugars into energy at the rate it requires to moderate weight and fat levels. This causes weight gain, water retention, and fat retention.
As your metabolism slows, other parts of your body are affected as well. From a decrease in glucose tolerance and leptin to increase cortisol and appetite – lack of sleep will become visible in the weight you carry.
The mental and emotional results of sleep deprivation are obvious. Everybody has woken up cranky before due to a lack of sleep. When poor sleep habits become a chronic problem, your mood and stress levels take a turn for the worst.
A problem plaguing many Americans missing their 7-hours nightly is that once the stress and mood changes begin, a vicious circle starts to form. The higher your stress levels, the harder it is to sleep. Many people suffering from insomnia find it difficult to sleep simply because anxiety and agitation levels are high. The less sleep they get, the worse these symptoms become. This can lead to depression and more severe forms of mental and emotional turmoil.
There’s a reason school and work both start in the morning. You’re at your most alert and clearheaded after a solid night of sleep. In fact, research from the Journal of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment tells us that sleep deprivation has a serious and ongoing effect on cognitive performance.
Losing sleep impacts the way you perceive things, process information, and retain memories. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to make mistakes and forget information.
Knowing all that we do about health and sleep, it’s obvious how important it is to select a comfortable, sturdy, and supportive non-toxic mattress. The green mattress you sleep on plays a huge part in whether you experience discomfort and overheating during the night, and whether you’re exposed to allergens.
At SAMINA our green mattresses are made exclusively wither certified organic materials designed with your best sleep in mind. Using natural materials for cushiony softness and endless support, you’re guaranteed a long undisturbed rest. Add one of our LOKOSANA grounding pads to experience the healing powers of bioelectric energy as you sleep.
For more information on improving your sleep or investing in a doctor recommended mattress, we invite you to contact SAMINA today.
It’s best when you can schedule an appointment to view our products and experience the SAMINA difference, but you may also order directly from us over the phone. A SAMINA Sleep Concierge will verify each order to ensure you and your sleeping partner, when applicable, have the right system for your respective physical needs and specific sleep concerns.
Our healthy sleep concierge service is available Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm PST. Our aim is to reply to you within 24 hours.