Our internet friend Rachel sends us a link to an article teaching us that according to new studies, there is a direct correlation between how much sleep new mothers get, and how much baby weight they are able to lose:
“We’ve known for some time that sleep deprivation is associated with weight gain and obesity in the general population, but this study shows that getting enough sleep — even just two hours more — may be as important as a healthy diet and exercise for new mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight,” said Erica Gunderson of Kaiser Permanente, which runs hospitals and clinics in California.
Francesca understands that scientists do studies about all sorts of things, and her interest in losing post-pregnancy weight does not make Ms. Gunderson a jerk, just a scientist who has researched something that is of interest to people, and she is simply reporting the findings. The facts are what they are (at least, until some other study shows the opposite.)
Still, Francesca wishes to shake her by the lapels of her lab coat and say “how in hell’s name is a new mother supposed to get more sleep?”
Because, you know, being tired wasn’t enough of a reason for new mothers to try to get more sleep. Now that we see that staying up with a crying child prevents weight loss, the new mothers of the world will come up with some new way of getting Junior to shut up and let her get some zzz’s, right?
Ah, but the article addresses this question:
“With the results of this study, new mothers must be wondering, ‘How can I get more sleep for both me and my baby?’ Our team is working on new studies to answer this important question,” said Dr. Matthew Gillman of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
Ah, thank you Dr. Gillman. Thank you for understanding that new mothers weren’t wondering before this new study how they can get more sleep. Francesca is so happy to see that you understand that it is only now that we have the results of this study about weight that they care to get a full night’s rest.