Jamie and Jools Oliver struggle with the routine of a newborn all over again.

Jamie Oliver, 41, has revealed he and his wife Jools have employed a night nurse to help with new baby River Rocket, after getting “battered” for five weeks by sleep deprivation, which he describes as “really, really hard.”

Speaking to Sarah Brett and Nihal Arthanayake on BBC Radio 5 he said they’d never had a night nurse before for any of their four other children and they just “battled through”, but sleepless nights and a hectic filming schedule was “tough”. He says every parent just does what they have to do.

Jamie says, “Sleep deprivation makes the most wonderful people just unreasonable.

“It’s really, really hard whether it’s your first or your fifth.

“It hit us hard this year, really hard, because you know we’ve got two teenagers and it’s teenagers things, and you’ve got a 6 and a 7 year old as well, and they’re up as well.

“I mean it was hard this time round. They use sleep deprivation as the most incredible form of torture!”

Jools and Jamie have four other children together, daughters Poppy Honey, 14, Daisy Boo, 12, Petal Blossom, six, and son Buddy Bear, five.

Listen to his interview below

Check out the most recent picture of little River, “Smile Haha River’s First proper smile. Brilliant who knows what’s going though his head but I like it. Big love guys have a good day I send you a smile with love joxxx”

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  • THis is so true, but then babies are so joyous.


  • Now having a new baby in the family I can see this from another angle too. A relative has a newborn with severe reflux. They practically celebrate if he sleeps for 3 hours straight. She is keeping both parents awake, not good when the Dad works shift work and you sleep lighter during they day.


  • Sleek deprivation is the worst.Good on him for speaking out about the struggle.


  • It is a good idea. It will help prevent or reduce depression from sleep deprivation.


  • I think it can be hard enough for parents to get the sleep needed with a new baby plus four children of these ages. It would have to be harder filming full on as well. I also don’t see what’s wrong with hiring a night nurse for their baby. They won’t miss out on anything because the nurse will only be there at night. If they can afford it and get the perfect person to do this then good on them


  • I guess you just got to do what you go to do. Sleep deprivation is so terrible.


  • Absolutely. It ruins the best of us and nobody can tell you how bad it is. You only understand when you’ve experienced it. Let’s not forget, sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture.


  • it is really tough with lack of sleep. thats why it is used as a form to help interrogation.


  • Unfortunately though many ordinary families can’t afford a night nurse.
    All the best to them though.


  • Ooohhh sleep…. Definitely the most underrated thing!
    What a gorgeous smile!


  • Such a beautiful baby


  • He should be grateful he has five healthy children, and can afford a night nurse.


  • Sleep deprivation sure is tough!


  • Sleep is the most needed thing to function properly.


  • We all need our sleep to function!


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