Thursday, March 28, 2013

Even with help, new moms lose sleep

Ever wonder how the celebrity moms get away with saying they are exhausted? Don't these women have support staff the average woman can only dream about?

The University of Toronto Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing published a study in the British Medical Journal, Mar 20, 2013.

They looked at the sleep patterns of 246 new mothers in Ontario and their infants at 6 and 12 weeks.

They tried to implement all known ways Moms can get sleep with a baby in the house. They offered telephone support, tips, schedules.

The only tip I can remember is--take a nap when your baby falls asleep. I don't think I ever did.

These moms in the study had to wear a device on their wrists--the babies wore them on their ankles--these detected agitation and movement.

Might they also have been weird and kept people awake?

Also, it's my personal theory that there is something in the human organism attuned to hearing a baby, keeping it alive, tending to its needs. Some  instinct. Even if a trained nurse is going to pick the child up in the night, the mother will stir.

Or sleep will be shallow in the first place.

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