If you have a baby in your life, it’s a given that you’re not getting enough sleep, but how does that deprivation affect your mind, body and mood? How does it relate to weight gain? Can your body adapt to the lack of sleep? Do micro-naps help or hinder? What about regular naps? Dr. Kimberly Fenn has answers. Check it out.
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What we talked about:
- Why is sleep important
- What are the effects of sleep deprivation?
- Can you catch up on lost sleep (aka pay back your sleep debt)?
- Quantity vs quality: what has more impact?
- Does the time you go to bed affect quality of sleep?
- How helpful are naps?
- Do micro-naps help, or make things more difficult?
- Does your body adapt to less sleep?
- How can you make the most of the little sleep you are getting?
- The importance of your sleep environment
- Adjusting your schedule to prepare for life with a new baby
- Light and your circadian rhythm
- How lack of sleep contributes to weight gain
Additional resources and articles:
- 10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss, from WebMD
- Sleep Deprivation: The Dark Side of Parenting, from the Science of Mom
- Sleep study shows new moms are dangerously exhausted for months, from PBS NewsHour
- Dealing with Postpartum Sleep Deprivation
- Dealing with Postpartum Sleep Deprivation, from Postpartum Progress
- Sleep Management, Breastfeeding & Postpartum Depression, from Postpartum Progress
- Longitudinal Change in Sleep and Daytime Sleepiness in Postpartum Women, research study
- Nighttime Sleep And Next-day Performance In New Mothers: Between- And Within-person Associations During The Early Postpartum Months, Sleep Research from Oxford Academic
- Impairment of Driving Performance Caused by Sleep Deprivation or Alcohol: A Comparative Study, research study
About Dr. Kimberly Fenn
Kimberly Fenn, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience program in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Fenn’s research program focuses broadly on the acquisition and consolidation of long-term memory and procedural skills. Her primary area of expertise lies in sleep-dependent memory consolidation, or offline processing of memory. Specifically, her work investigates how a period of sleep affects a memory representation. Within this framework, Dr. Fenn investigates how sleep affects declarative memory, procedural learning, and false memory. More recently, she has pursued a line of research investigating the extent to which lack of sleep, or sleep deprivation, affects learning and memory.
Dr. Fenn’s work has received broad scientific and popular interest. She was a recipient of the 2016 Early Career Award from the Psychonomic Society and is funded by the National Science Foundation. She has been featured on the BBC Radio 4 program All in the Mind and The Academic Minute and her work has been featured in many online and print outlets, such as Reddit, IFLScience, the Huffington Post, among many others.
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