Busy moms often shortchange themselves on sleep

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Getting enough sleep is a pipe dream for most moms.

Sleep experts say mothers are often shortchanged on sleep, because there are so many other people to look after, including kids and pets.

But Dr. Frank Biscardi with the Carilion Clinic Sleep Center says there are ways you can catch up.

"Go to bed at roughly the same time," he said. "Get up at the same time. Avoid using electrical devices before bed, such as phones and tablets and computers, which can expose you to the wrong kind of light."

As for health problems, Dr. Biscardi says sleep deprivation doesn't necessarily cause illnesses, but it can aggravate disorders like anxiety and depression.

According to one study by the National Sleep Foundation study, 72 percent of working moms are likely to have sleep problems.

Also, 40 percent of pregnant women, and 55 percent of postpartum moms say they get a good night's sleep a few nights a month, or even less.

We have links to the National Sleep Foundation, as well as the Carilion Clinic Sleep Center to the right of this story. If you're on mobile, the links are below.