New mums and dads, don’t expect a good night sleep for a few years yet!

A study, tracking almost 5,000 parents found that even when children had reached school age, mums and dads were still suffering significantly worse sleep than before they entered parenthood, shares yahoo.

Over the first four to six years with their first child, women missed out on 41 minutes of sleep, while men sacrificed just 14 minutes a night.

That gap reduced over time with mothers sleeping 20 minutes less after six years, while fathers were still deprived of 15 minutes a night.

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Researchers said the increased responsibilities of parenthood contributed to sleepless nights, long after the demands of night feeding and nappy changing had ended.

“While having children is a major source of joy for most parents it is possible that increased demands and responsibilities associated with the role as a parent lead to shorter sleep and decreased sleep quality even up to six years after birth of the first child,” said Lead researcher Dr Sakari Lemola.

When did you finally feel like you could sleep again after having kids?

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  • Too many to even think about counting!


  • Very believable i say


  • Horrifying and yet ENTIRELY believable!


  • Ugh! Didn’t need to see this. My daughter is one year old and I was hoping her sleep would improve sooner rather than later!


  • I’m not a good sleeper and cope well with little sleep, hasn’t much to do with the kids.


  • It depends on your child I had a windy non sleeper so I definitely lost more than this at the start and still am.


  • My kids are adults but I’m still not enjoying a good nights sleep. I seem to have lost the ability after my first child


  • I don’t sleep much lam always sleep deprived even when kids are sleeping I seem not to get enough sleep I seem to wake more maybe too much coffee


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