Everyone knows newborns and sleep-deprived parents go hand-in-hand, but what most probably don't know is just how much sleep one loses after bringing home baby.
And you may not want to know.
In fact, if you're still considering whether to have children, you may not want to click to see the amount after the jump ... or you might never have one.
Are you ready?
A new study says parents of newborn babies lose SIX MONTHS of sleep in the first two years of their child's life. SIX MONTHS!
I knew I was tired, but wow!
According to the Centers for Disease Control, adults typically need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night and states that lack of sleep can lead to a host of health issues including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and depression.
No wonder there are so many crabby moms in the carpool line.
The study, out of the United Kingdom, says 64 percent of parents get less than four hours of sleep per night due primarily to babies who need tending. An unlucky 12 percent of parents only get two and half hours of sleep per night.
Those numbers are crazy scary, and seem really high to me. I don't know ...
The first few months were rough, but after that -- with both of my children -- I know I was getting more sleep than that. My daughter is 18 months now, and most of the sleep I've lost in the last year is because I'm a crazy night owl, who hates to end a day. And still, I get much more than four hours of sleep a night ... on average, at least.
What do you think? Are you really surviving on that little sleep, and if so, how do you cope?
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