A new survey commissioned by sleep technology brand Simba finds that new parents really aren’t getting any sleep, which doesn’t surprise anyone who’s ever spent time caring for a newborn. Their research shows that new parents get an average of four hours and 44 minutes of sleep a night for the first 12 months of their child’s life. And that adds up to them losing the equivalent of 50 nights of sleep total.
Of course, being sleep-deprived can take its toll on the parents individually, but it can strain their relationship, too. Over two-thirds of respondents admit to fighting with their partner about their baby’s poor sleeping habits. And everything is that much worse when everyone just needs more sleep.
Luckily, the survey offers up some suggestions for dealing with sleep issues. Here’s how they send their little ones off to snooze town:
Sticking to routines
Gentle rocking motion
Giving baby a favorite toy