Mother’s Day, the perfect gift explained!
As a Mother, Nurse and Sleep Consultant, I am passionate about health promotion and wellbeing. Sleep is an integral part of feeling well and being able to function at your best. Getting enough uninterrupted sleep goes beyond just being able to get through the day. It’s benefits are important for the long term mental and physical wellbeing.
Sleep deprivation impacts mood
Many studies show that mums whose babies have sleep problems are at greater risk for postpartum depression. In studies that resulted in improved sleep for the baby, maternal mood improves as well. Being a new parent is hard enough. As a parent you need to maximise your rest and that way you can continue to do your best.
Lack of sleep impacts cognitive function
A lack of sleep affects cognitive abilities, and we’re not just talking about being able to take a test but it affects memory, being able to multitask, reaction time and alertness – all things that mothers need to take care of their children.
Sleep and health
Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep’s benefits. In studies, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.
A long-term lack of sleep can lower your body’s defences, putting you at risk of developing a long-term illness affecting your immune, circulatory and respiratory systems. A person suffering from long term sleep deprivation are at higher risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes and obesity.
What’s this got to do with Mother’s Day?
For Mother’s Day giving flowers and chocolates is a lovely way to show your appreciation. However, for most mums, I can safely say a good night’s sleep is probably preferred!
A good night’s sleep does work its magic on skin, mood and energy levels. And so instead of splashing out on an expensive face cream, giving the gift of some uninterrupted sleep will have much better effect for Mum. Our bodies go into repair mode overnight, regenerating skin, blood and brain cells. A perfect gift for every Mum, helping them feel rejuvenated on Mothers day!
If you are struggling with your child’s sleep, then don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free consultation to see how I can help you and your family sleep well again.