Don't be a Mom Zombie Parents get nearly an hour less sleep a day than they did 40 years ago. What's zapping our zzz's? For mothers of older kids, it's marathon work days that bleed into endless nights of afterschool activities, cooking, cleaning, and homework help. Got a newborn at home? You have the world's cutest sleep thief. But cutting-edge science shows that sleep is critical to our ability to stay focused, learn new things, stay fit, and more, says Koff. "Sleep functions like a battery recharger for our bodies and minds."
Mom energy advice: Aim to get around nine hours of snooze-time a night. Stop drinking caffeine eight hours before hitting the sack and 30 minutes pre-bedtime, power off your cell phone, laptop, and TV. The light can disrupt your quality of sleep, and watching "Law & Order: SVU" or posting Facebook pics will amp you up when you need to wind down.
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