Expectant parents know on an intellectual level that they are going to lose sleep when their baby arrives, but until you've been through it you can't really understand what this feels like or how much sleep you're losing. Having gone through this recently ourselves, we knew the amount of sleep we were missing was A LOT. But we were still surprised to learn that it was as much as 6 months worth.
We're not entirely sure how statistically accurate this figure is since it comes from a poll conducted by a bedding company (Silent Night Beds in the UK), but they surveyed 1,000 parents about their sleep habits after the arrival of their baby. Almost one in ten parents reported that they got only 2.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night. Two-thirds of parents of children under the age of two self-reported that they get 3.25 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night
The shake out is that over two years time, most parents miss out on six months worth of sleep. All we can say is Oy!
You can read the article in The Guardian.
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