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Babies Ruin Sleep for 6 Long Years, Study Shows

by | April 22, 2019

It’s a universal struggle that all parents (and other household members) face when the baby finally comes home: a lack of proper sleep. Yeah, babies ruin sleep… But by what magnitude? A study says almost equivalent to 6 years!

Sleep training your baby to follow a somewhat normal schedule takes a lot of time and patience. However, the sleepless nights don’t stop there. According to a study from the U.K.’s University of Warwick, it has been found that your sleep schedule will be compromised for six long years. Brutal, much?

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Babies Ruin Sleep for 6 Long Years, Study Shows

In the study, the goal was to look at the sleeping schedules of parents; changes since the arrival of baby, satisfaction of sleep and how many hours of sleep attained. The study carried all the way from pre-pregnancy up to six years post birth. After conducting this study with 4,659 participants (about half male, half female, with slightly more women participating) and a range of first-time parents to those on their third birth, the consensus was pretty clear. Although there was a large number of factors very acutely contributing to the level of which sleep was affected, including breastfeeding habits, parental age, and household income, the introduction of a baby was the constant which consistently left an impact on both men and women participants. It was concluded in the study that it takes six years for parents to fully recover the sleep schedule they had pre-pregnancy. Does this come as a shock to you, because it sure doesn’t come as news to me!

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Babies Ruin Sleep for 6 Long Years, Study Shows

The study notes that “nadir” (lowest point) of sleep is achieved at three months and that women were by far more affected than men when it comes to this sleep loss- the average for women was one hour lost per night during the first three months as compared to fathers who lost a mere 15 minutes.

This deprivation has been proven to continue throughout the childhood years, with mothers losing an average of 20 minutes of sleep nightly during the children’s time spent aged four through six.

Although there are a lot of tips and tricks that you can do, to try and minimize the loss of being able to snooze, to be as little as possible, there’s no doubt that losing sleep is one of the not-so-great aspects of being a parent. Despite this, there is no question that all of the more rewarding aspects and little victories outweigh this small negative!

How long after your kid was born did it take you to get your sleeping pattern back on track? Did your babies ruin sleep? Let me know in the comments below.

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