Mother’s Day should NOT be the only day Mom gets to sleep

Let's make Mother's Day a day of awareness about the very real dangers of untreated sleep deprivation and its sidekick, postpartum depression.

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This is not a request that all mothers get to sleep in and/or take naps on Mother's Day. This is a request to make mothers' sleep a DAILY priority. That means mothers need to make it a priority, but it also means spouses and children need to respect that priority. Why? Sleep deprivation is a big reason why postpartum depression exists. Women who experience postpartum depression need support from their families, friends, and the medical community. Untreated sleep deprivation AND untreated postpartum depression is everybody's loss and the risks for harm (either to oneself, to another, or even to baby) are real. Learn more about sleep deprivation's role in postpartum depression from the links below.

APR 2010: Sleep Medicine Review
Sleep Deprivation during Pregnancy and Maternal and Fetal Outcomes: Is There a Relationship?
From the research study: “Pregnant women particularly need sufficient sleep to nourish the development of their infants and the energy they need for the labor and delivery process. Sleep deprivation during pregnancy has been associated with longer labor, elevated perception of pain and discomfort during labor, higher cesarean rates, preterm labor, and higher levels of pro-inflammatory serum cytokines. Limited research has also indicated a possible relationship between sleep deprivation and preterm births and postpartum depressive mood.”

MAY 4, 2016: Jenny’s Light
Lets Talk about Postpartum Depression Lisa Abramson || TEDX Santa Catalina School

AUG 12, 2016: Postpartum Progress
Dealing with Postpartum Sleep Deprivation
From the website: “Studies have shown that on an average, a new mother gets at least two hours less sleep than she needs. The most shocking part? It is segmented, meaning she will not get a continuous sleep. This is because a newborn has no set circadian rhythms. They need roughly 16 hours sleep, but it usually comes in short spurts with a maximum of three to four hours at a time. …Bearing all this in mind, it’s important to ensure you get as much sleep as possible. A few tips to help you get enough sleep include [the following].”

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