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.