Monday 01 November 2021
Written by Fourals.com
A study revealed that the mother’s lack of sleep in the first six months after birth, makes you seven years older in biological age.
The researchers said the findings mean that those who complain of insufficient sleep put them at greater risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The study, reported by “womenshealth”, was conducted on 33 mothers during their pregnancy and the first year of their children’s life, and analyzed their DNA to determine the biological age, which can differ from the chronological age.
The study reported that a year after birth, the biological age of those who slept less than seven hours a night during the six months was three to seven years older than those who slept seven hours or more.
The study, published in the scientific journal “Sleep Health”, said that this is linked to serious health problems, as sleep health is as important to general health as diet and exercise.
Here are some tips to avoid any risks:
Professor Carroll, Professor of Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of California’s Jane and Terry Semmel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, urged new mothers to:
Take advantage of opportunities to get extra sleep, such as taking naps during the day when their children are asleep.
Accept offers of help from family and friends, when possible.
Ask the husband to help take care of the baby at night or early in the morning, so that you can sleep.
While the accelerated biological aging associated with sleep loss increases women’s health risks, it does not cause harm to their bodies in the short term.
We don’t want the message to be that mothers are permanently affected by childcare and sleep loss, but that these effects do happen in the long run.
The researchers warned that the higher the biological or genetic age of the individual, the higher the risk of disease, early death and stroke, so the mother should be careful about the health of her and her child.