More and more women are burning the candle at both ends giving up sleep to make ends meet. Wilmington resident, Ally Harper is the prime example of a 'woman who sleeps poorly'. She says she never was a sound sleeper, but now that she has a son she doesn’t sleep at all. A new poll released by the National Sleep Foundation finds six out of ten American women do not get enough sleep. Dr. Parker says the numbers of people sleeping poorly is increasing because many people put other things ahead of sleep. Ally says, "after work I usually come home at 5 or 5:30. Then my next job starts as a mom, it's dinner time, bath time, play time then bed time." Experts recommend getting about 8 hours of sleep a night because without our Z's we’ll suffer the next day. Ally says she’s "a little edgy sometimes and I know that it is from lack of sleep. Sometimes when I'm driving, I find myself wanting to doze off a little." Doctors say you should not do anything in your bedroom that will distract you from falling asleep such as paying bills, working on your computer or watching TV. Dr. Parker says, "You need to reserve the bedroom for sleep or other bed activities. In your mind, you have to know that when you get to the bedroom you're going to go to sleep." Experts say there is things women can do to make sure they get enough shut-eye. Dr. Parker says "you have to look at your life and see what it is that's keeping you from getting more sleep and prioritize so the important things get done but that you still have time for sleep."
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