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Research Says, Moms Need More Sleep. Here’s How…

This is probably not a surprise to most moms, but a recent survey to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's Annual Meeting in April says that women with children are more likely to be sleep-deprived than those without children. Yet, dads are often not affected. How can moms get a better night sleep?

Dr. Dana Garcia, ARC Family Medicine physician, provided tips for getting a better night sleep on FOX7 Austin.

She says sleep makes a big difference in your overall health and that lack of sleep can lead to an increase in blood pressure and heart attack risk. Most should get between six to nine hours each night. Here are a few healthy sleep habits:

For new moms:

  • Have your baby sleep in your room so that you can more quickly feed your baby and get right back to bed.
  • If posible, swap night shifts with your partner.
  • Try to align your sleeping (naps, too) with the baby.

For everyone:

  • Stick to a schedule
  • Reduce your intake of caffeine
  • Turn off screens before bedtime
  • Sleep in a comfortable environment.

See the complete interview here.

Learn More about good sleeping tips from the National Foundation of Sleep.

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