The Parents’ Dream only Returns to Normal after the Baby Turns 6

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The English study also found that in the first three months, mothers sleep 1 hour less than before delivery

In movies, soap operas and TV series always show parents of babies exhausted and unable to sleep much. And this is not limited only to fiction. As much as an infant a month sleeps an average of 16 to 18 hours a day, the parents’ dream is far from being long and complete. Many think that sleep can resume when the child is a little older and falls asleep with fewer intervals. But unfortunately, an English study found that parents’ sleep only comes back 6 years after having a child.

Understand the study

The fact that the arrival of a baby at home changes the routine and the parents’ dream is not new, who has had children knows it very well. But there was no scientific evidence on the matter, pointing to the quality and durability of the dream. Nor about the impact that new life has on the parents’ dream since it takes up to 6 years to normalize.

An investigation by the University of Warwick, in England, by a group of five scientists from three countries, analyzed the sleep of 2,541 mothers and 2,118 fathers. The objective of the study was to verify the quality and duration of sleep during the first 6 years of the child’s life compared to the period before pregnancy, as well as the factors that interfere with it. The result of the study was published in Sleep, of the Sleep Research Society.

The study found that the first three months of the baby’s life are the worst for parents’ sleep. Mothers sleep at least 1 hour less than before having their child, while fathers decrease 15 minutes from their usual sleep. After 6 years of the baby’s arrival, the mothers sleep 20 minutes less and the parents continue to lose 15 minutes of sleep. This shows that mothers have the sleep most affected by the arrival of the child. Only after the first six years of the child’s life, parents can normalize the dream, returning to have the quality and quantity they had before the birth of their child.

During the first semester of the baby, breastfeeding is the main cause of mothers sleeping less than men. The study also noted that first-time parents have more affected sleep than parents who have already had more children. Other characteristics, such as being single, age or family income made no difference in the study results.

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