Getting a good night sleep is not always an easy feat. There are a lot of factors involved that can prevent you from getting those oh-so-needed 8 hours, from your baby/husband/job/etc. they’re usually the ones to blame for your sleepless nights. Here, are some reasons they keep you up at night, and what you can do to get your shuteye back on track.
She may be adorable, but she’s sure one heck of a sleep sucker. “New moms have a predisposition to fragile sleep that’s heightened by shifts in estrogen levels in the months after delivery,” says sleep specialist Anne Remmes, M.D., a neurologist at Columbia University Headache Center in New York City. “If you’ve got a newborn, one way to sneak in a little extra sleep is to take a nap whenever the baby does.”
Sleep Stealer: Your Husband
Zzzzz…No, that’s not you, it’s him. If your husband is known for snoring “it would be wise to send him to a sleep center to be evaluated, because both nighttime thrashing and snoring can suggest a sleep disorder,” says Dr. Remmes. (Both are fairly common: Thrashing can be caused by Restless Legs Syndrome — RLS — a neurological disorder that affects as many as 12 million Americans, and snoring is often linked to sleep apnea, which affects an estimated 18 million.).