Lack Of Sleep For New Moms

A new study found a woman's perception of poor sleep was a stronger predictor of mood problems than her actual sleep quality and quantity.


One of the big conversations I have with people about becoming a mother is how much sleep I should be prepared to lose. I have half-jokingly told people that anchoring WITN News at Sunrise has made me uniquely qualified to deal with sleep deprivation; I sleep twice a day for shorter stretches of time.  My body is used to getting up and going on far less than a full night of sleep after nearly eight years on this schedule.

What do you think about this study?  Does perception become reality when it comes to sleep quality as a new mom? 


However, none of this takes into account the physical demands of childbirth, nursing, plus all the emotions that come with becoming a new parent.  So make no mistake: I'm aware I'm in for some sleep deprivation.

My husband Chris and I were just talking last night about the phrase "attitude is everything," and how it applies to parenthood.  Some researchers appear to have been thinking along the same lines.  A study released today finds it's how much sleep a mom thinks she's losing that may affect her postpartum mood.

Australian researchers studied mothers from their third trimester through the first week after giving birth. They found a woman's perception of poor sleep was a stronger predictor of mood problems than her actual sleep quality and quantity.

Doctors say women who are concerned about losing too much sleep and post partum blues should seek medical attention to learn coping strategies.

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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on May 14, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    So great to see you on the news with Baby Lauren this morning! She is adorable! Enjoy your time off and we can't wait to see you back on tv.
  • by pirategirl Location: greenville on May 6, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    Heather how is everything going? Could you please give us an update?? We miss you!
  • by Mike Location: Greenville, NC on Apr 20, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    Congratulations on your baby. I hear BAGELS make good teething rings...just saying...
  • by MICHELE Location: WILLIAMSTON on Apr 16, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    What's the latest? Has the baby been born? If so, I must have missed the big announcement.
  • by :-) Location: Washington on Apr 8, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    By the way, I think it is a girl!!
  • by :-) Location: Washington on Apr 8, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    I agree-I've watched each morning to hear the news. Hope to read a story up here soon. God Bless!
  • by Aunt for Now Location: Washington on Apr 7, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    I'm with K. I missed seeing you this morning and hope that they annouce and/or put a story on the website when you have the baby! Rest up and good luck!
  • by K Location: Winterville on Apr 7, 2010 at 08:37 AM
    Heather, I missed seeing you this morning, but I hope you get some rest before the big moment.
  • by S Location: Lenoir Co. on Apr 1, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    You will be sleep deprived, but it will be worth it and it won't last forever:) I hope that your baby comes soon! My friend went 2 weeks over with her first baby. She was eating mexican almost everyday, hula-hooping, you name it but they ended up inducing. Best Wishes! I will miss you while you are not on the air.
  • by Stephanie Location: Chocowinity on Apr 1, 2010 at 03:18 AM
    I can not believe you are still on the air! I guess the baby will come when its ready. When I had my kids, I worked swing shift, so I worked at different hours, so my sleep patterns were like yours.I actually never thought about loosing sleep, although I did. I personally didnt have any postpartum issues, but I have known people who have. Just start your day with a deep breath and a little prayer... you will be fine...and tell that baby to hurry up.. We wanna Know !!!!!

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