Those with sleeping difficulties were more likely to be heavier in weight, have poor mental and physical health in comparison to those who managed eight hours of sleep per night. The study concluded that a ”lack of sleep can lead to poorer dietary choices in women of childbearing age, and this can impact on the health of their children.”
Both before conception and during pregnancy a nutritious diet is essential for both mum and bub. A poor diet and excess body weight can not only lead to difficulties getting pregnant but can also affect childhood growth and increase the risk of obesity and other diseases for the child. As our sleeping patterns aren’t set in stone getting some extra z’s is recommended as an easy way to aid weight loss and improve our eating patterns. The Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get eight hours of sleep per night.