Sleep Now While You're Pregnant and Have a Quicker Delivery LaterLauren Hartmann
Being an over-committer is a lot of work, but somehow I felt like I was able to balance it all…that is until pregnancy came along and threw a wrench into my jam-packed iPhone calendar. 10-hour days a a preschool teacher, wardrobe styling on weekends and daily blogging for both my personal blog and Babble have started taking their toll and basically I’m really freaking tired.
As I tried to think of something to blog about today all I could think was: “I’m. So. Tired.” Which made me wonder what the effects of sleep (or lack thereof) are on pregnancy. After a bit of poking around on the internet, I found a very interesting study by the University of California on the topic.
The study was of 131 women during the ninth month of their pregnancy. The findings showed that “women who slept less than six hours per night had an average labor of 29 hours compared to 17.7 hours for women who received seven or more hours of sleep per night.” The researchers also “learned that women who averaged less than six hours of sleep per night also went to bed later and spent less time in bed, thereby limiting their opportunity for sleep.”
I want a short labor when the time comes – the shorter the better. Obviously I won’t get to decide, but I’m all about increasing my odds, so I’ve decided that I’m going to get better at balancing my life and prioritizing my need for sleep. Goal: have a set internet-free time in the evening. All blogging must be completed by ______ o’clock. I obviously need to prioritize the other areas of my life as well, but I figure that time spent blogging is a good place to start – especially when I’m exhausted.
I’m starting to think that prioritizing is going to be an important skill for me to learn before our little bundle of baby shows up in January. Obviously a baby is going to turn our lives upside down (and mostly mine, because my husband is way more laid back than I am), so it’s probably good to figure out what’s most important now and learn to say no – something I’m quite terrible at.
…And I’m starting right….now. My husband just, wanted us to stay up later and watch an episode of “30 Rock” on Netflix, but I said, “No way. It’s past my bedtime. I’m sleeping for two you know.” Obviously I’d much rather watch “30 Rock”, but I should probably still sleep while I can. I can always stream Netflix during 3 a.m. feedings in about six months.