New parents know all too well how muchbecomes after the arrival of a baby. Food in the middle of the night and waking up before dawn have harmful consequences. Now the researchers have calculated how bad it really is.
A recent study, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Sleep Research Society, found that satisfaction and sleep duration decreased sharply with childbirth, reaching its lowest point in the first three months of life. l & # 39; childbirth. And even six years later, parents' sleep was still not fully restored.
Satisfaction and sleep duration were much lower among new mothers than among fathers. Women found an average reduction in sleep of 62 minutes per night, compared to men, who slept about 13 minutes less, according to the study. Breastfeeding was associated with a slightly greater decrease in mothers' sleep satisfaction.
Six years after birth, mothers were still sleeping 20 minutes less and fathers 15 minutes less than before the baby arrived.
"While having children is a major source of joy for most parents, it is possible that increased demands and responsibilities associated with the parenting role will result in shorter sleep and sleep quality even up to six. years after the birth of the first child, "said the study. Co-author, Dr. Sakari Lemola, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick, said in a press release.
Factors such as "age, household income and dual parenting with single parenthood were not related, or very weakly related, to improved sleep," wrote the researchers in l & # 39; study.
So, before welcoming this little bundle of joy, get ready: you may still be a littlewhen they are in first grade.