Sleep /slēp/ noun
A condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.

A good night sleep can do more than boost your mood and get rid of your under eye circles.

Getting the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep can provide a variety of other benefits that play a role in your physical and mental health. Although most people are aware of the benefits of a good night sleep, sleep deprivation is something that most of us have struggled with at one point or another.

Sleep Deprivation is something that many postpartum women struggle with.

Sleep deprivation comes with a lot of extra baggage (not just the ones under your eyes). Ongoing sleep deficiency can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain and is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

Whether you had a vaginal or cesarean birth your recovery is equally important.

Your recovery is greatly impacted by two things. Your nutritional care and rest.

The negative effects of sleep deprivation increase when your body is in recovery mode.

The only thing that can cure sleep deprivation is a good night sleep.

By learning your babies daytime habits and your philosophies regarding sleep, our postpartum doulascan help facilitate better sleep for your whole family.

Sleeping baby = Sleeping mommy (Hopefully!)

Other benefits of adequate sleep include, better judgment, better mood, and a better ability to retain information. With the right amount of sleep you will feel better, your thoughts will be clearer and your emotional well-being will be strengthened.

Let the gentle nurturing spirit of our doulas embrace you on your new journey, providing you with sleep support so that you can avoid the negative effects of sleep deprivation.

Authored by: Randy Patterson