New mothers: sleep is crucial!

Many recent studies have clearly demonstrated there is a link between sleep deprivation and weight gain among the general population. New research indicates that this correlation also holds true for new mothers. In a new American study, researchers interviewed close to 1,000 new mothers six months and one year following the birth of their child.

Many recent studies have clearly demonstrated there is a link between sleep deprivation and weight gain among the general population. New research indicates that this correlation also holds true for new mothers. In a new American study, researchers interviewed close to 1,000 new mothers six months and one year following the birth of their child.

A compilation of the results concluded that the women who slept five hours or less when their baby had reached the age of six months were three times more at risk for substantial weight retention (11 lbs. or more) at their child’s first birthday than the mothers who slept at least seven hours per day.

Hence, for new moms who want to regain their pre-pregnancy figure, getting more sleep, even if it is only two additional hours per night, may be just as important as doing physical exercise and eating a healthy diet.

Other studies have also suggested that constant sleep deprivation triggers hormonal changes that likely stimulate appetite. Additionally, not only has persistent sleep deprivation been associated with obesity in women, but with cardiovascular diseases and diabetes as well.

Granted, the arrival of a new little bundle of joy sends the family routine right out of the window and prolonging a new mother’s night of sleep is much easier said than done. Many new moms find it very difficult to delegate the care of their newborn to anyone, even to the baby’s father. However, accepting precious help from your loved ones will allow you to get more sleep. Not only will you get rid of the never ending fatigue, you will also do your silhouette a world of good!

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