Sleep deprivation across the lifespan of motherhood: Untreated chronic sleep deprivation for any person does not end well, especially if it’s left untreated for years. Let’s go in with eyes wide open and identify all the myriad ways in which Moms can—and will—lose sleep during their careers as mothers. Some of these causes for sleep problems are just part of life, to be sure, but sleep debt left to accrue over the years is a key reason for mothers to seriously consider getting help for their sleep problems.
When women become hypertensive, they run the risk of having strokes, heart attacks, or developing heart disease or heart arrhythmias, as well as other conditions related to pregnancy, such as preeclampsia. … Certain sleep problems can aggravate preexisting hypertension and may even lead to its development, such as circadian rhythm disorders, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), primary snoring, restless leg syndrome (RLS), shift work disorder, and sleep deprivation by any cause.
During the 40 weeks of pregnancy, an expectant mother can find her nightly sleep changing, due to changes in her own body that reflect challenges with digestion, falling asleep, discomfort, anxiety, and much more.
Share your women’s sleep health stories at our Sleep Health Forum: how you survived mom-related sleep deprivation, what challenges you as a mom to get sleep right now, what the ages and stages of your kids’ development can do to your own sleep schedule, how pregnancy shaped your sleep, experiences with postpartum depression related to sleep loss, and any questions you have for our members.