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The State of (Un)rest for Parents

May 9, 2016

May is Better Sleep Month, a time to focus attention on the importance of how sleep contributes to overall physical, emotional and overall well being. As a mom to two little ones, I know I absolutely need more sleep (I know many of you parents out there reading this are nodding yes in agreement!). As part of Better Sleep Month, we conducted two different surveys to uncover eye-opening information about the shut-eye habits and routines of parents of newborn children, a group who consistently gets less sleep than the general population.

Today we're sharing the results of the first survey—an independent survey conducted by a third-party of 500 parents of newborns to find out about their sleep habits, what keeps them up at night, and what helps them (and baby) get the best sleep. We present... the state of (un)rest for parents:

The State of (Un)Rest for Parents

The infographic above shares just a snapshot of the wealth of data and insight we gleaned from this survey.

According to the survey, only five percent of parents of babies 0- to 6-months-old are getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. Forty-three percent report only getting an average of one to three hours of uninterrupted sleep per night, which translates to waking up as many as three or four times per night. In fact, 17 percent of moms report getting a poor night sleep every single night of the week due to their newborn. According to the Journal of Sleep Medicine, interrupted sleep can be just as detrimental to mood, attention span and cognitive ability as no sleep at all, and several nights of fragmented sleep can have long-term negative consequences.

Aside from their newborn keeping them up at night, new parents report a variety of activities and concerns preventing them from getting sleep.

  • Moms are most often kept awake by a practical chore: housework (37 percent).
  • Dads report a more cerebral worry that most often keeps them up—providing a good life for their child (32 percent).
  • New moms are more likely to report being kept awake by social media (30 percent) than dads (18 percent).

Tune in again later this week to see how these results compare to the findings of the survey conducted among Owlet parents—even more fascinating findings about sleep, something many of us desperately need and want to know how to achieve it!

Author Bio

Jane Putnam

Jane is a mom to two adorable little ones. She's a California native who traded her flip-flops for snow boots, now residing in Utah.