Do You Really Want Kids? This is How Long They'll Disrupt Your Sleep For

February 26, 2019

If you're falling asleep just trying to read this, then you're probably the parent of a 6-year-old or younger. A study published Monday offers some sobering statistics on just how many zzzz's you'll miss after welcoming a new child. Researchers at the University of Warwick, the German Institute for Economic Research and West Virginia University found that while new parents tend to sleep an hour less than normal every night for the first three months after childbirth, she's still getting 20 fewer minutes of sleep per night six years later. Meanwhile, dads of 6-year-olds are getting 15 fewer minutes of sleep per night than they did before having kids. The study also found that the parents of breastfed children were among those with the most significantly impacted sleep habits.