Sleep-Deprived Mothers: How to Cope
Dear Moms, the weight of the world is on your shoulders. If you are a stay at home mom, a single parent, or juggling your career and family life, we feel your rising feelings of stress from all the things you have to accomplish in one day. We know that you never finish your impossible to-do list and that your racing mind keeps you up at night. We see you running from meetings to soccer games to baking a cake for the bake sale at midnight. We see you are tired and that when rest finally comes, your mind just cannot embrace it.
We feel your growing fatigue, pushing through the day by willpower and love and responsibility. We want to share with you that this is the norm for mothers. More than 30% of mothers suffer from insomnia, so you are not alone in your sleeplessness.
There is a solution for sleepless nights and low energy days. At SleepRate we developed an app that measures your sleep, identifies your sleep challenges and works with you on a customizable plan to get you sleeping better and feeling more alert in just a few weeks. This does require commitment to the process, but in the end holds a great reward.
As Mother’s Day approaches, we want to focus on you! The MVP of every family! We want to touch on some of the issues that mothers are facing today when it comes to getting the proper amount of sleep, as well as suggest some ways for you to overcome this growing phenomenon.
What the Statistics Say
A new survey finds that women with children living at home are much more likely to be sleep-deprived than women without children. The leader of the study, Kelly Sullivan, analyzed data from a nationwide telephone survey of more than 5,800 men and women, and found that 48 percent of women with children reported at least seven hours of sleep, compared to 62 percent of women without children.
And while most will think of this as a problem for mothers with younger children, statistics show that that’s far from being the reality. According to research by Jody A. Mindell, a psychology professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, almost 14% of grade school kids are keeping their parents up at night…proving that this problem lasts well beyond the infant and toddler years – and can cause longer-term sleep issues going forward.
Sleep deprivation is also a cause for more serious concerns for moms. A recent study, for example, found that the cognitive performance of people who were awake for 18-19 hours was comparable to those with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.10, with an estimated 15-33% of fatal car crashes related to driver fatigue. This is certainly something to think about for moms driving their kids to school, birthday parties or anywhere else.
The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep
For sleep-deprived moms and others, sleep is scientifically proven to influence health, performance, productivity and mood. Regardless of whether your goal is to get fit or lose weight, boost productivity or increase energy levels – getting adequate, healthy sleep is a powerful tool that can help you reach your goals and lead more productive and satisfying lives.
Sleep affects every aspect of life – from fitness to productivity to appearance, and more. Better sleep gives people the ability to think more clearly, resolve problems, and be more productive at work and in any other part of their day-to-day lives. Lack of sleep – on the other hand – depresses people’s immune systems, and is associated with a greater risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety and many other dangerous diseases and conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in fact, more than 35 percent of Americans are sleep-deprived – so it’s clear that this problem isn’t going away anytime soon.
For moms whose sleep is poor and not satisfying enough, who struggle to fall asleep, or who just generally feel sleepy and tired throughout the day, what’s needed is a better sleep evaluation and customized plan to learn about exactly why they’re not getting enough sleep, and to help them streamline their daily tasks and balance the many activities they’re faced with managing each day. These solutions need to include detecting the root causes of sleep troubles, resetting sleep schedules to fit demanding and growing needs, and overcoming any other barriers moms might face on their journey to better sleep.
For mothers who feel like their sleep is out of sync with the daily life around them, SleepRate can help. SleepRate’s mission is to help people around the world improve their lives through better sleep-life balance. We work tirelessly to improve the performance and availability of our world-class technologies and solutions, offering people anywhere and everywhere the most effective, reliable and user-friendly sleep analysis, monitoring, assessment, and therapy solution out there today – all in a single solution.
SleepRate’s core technology utilizes behavioral sleep medicine practices developed and implemented at Stanford University’s Behavioral Sleep Division. SleepRate’s unique solution for better sleep-life balance was developed and customized as a step-by-step program to improve mental and physical performance, so that people can be more productive and effective throughout the day. Moreover, the ‘minds behind the SleepRate app’ are women and moms themselves!