A new study by Camilia Oral Solution for National Teething Week has found new parents each lose 970 hours of sleep during the baby's first year, which is equivalent to 40 whole days without sleep.
Both parents will lose an incredible amount of sleep due to their precious new arrival but suffering the most are new mums who typically lose 23 minutes more sleep than dads each night. This adds up to an extra 18 nights sleeps over the course of a year.
The exhaustion of dealing with a crying tot has a considerable impact on parents' general wellbeing as well as raising stress levels. The study of 1,006 new parents showed they spent 53 minutes and 33 seconds every day trying to settle the crying baby back to sleep, with 25 per cent of new parents finding it so upsetting they broke down in tears themselves.
The research also revealed the lengths exasperated parents go to in order to soothe their child. Nearly all new parents (93 per cent) resort to taking their baby out in the car or for a stroll in the pram, with a third (32 per cent) doing this once every three days. Travelling almost 3.9 miles per trip, the average parent clocks up 432 miles in their first year, equivalent to a journey from Exeter to Edinburgh.
"Parents struggle every day to calm their baby's tears, but our research shows 15 per cent of all these tears are caused by teething" Nadege Meillier, from Boiron pharmaceuticals says. " However, nearly half of all parents - 46 per cent - can't recognise the common symptoms of teething therefore they miss the opportunity to help their child through the discomfort. It's because of this we're trying to increase awareness with the creation of a National Teething Week in Britain."
Celebrities aren't immune to this struggle either, with Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton suffering from a series of teething-related sleepless nights. She admits that as a result she's turned to caffeine simply to get her through her working day. "So many people who struggle to get out of bed skip breakfast and become reliant on caffeine to get them through the day." Says our sleep expert Dr Nerina." Eating breakfast within 30 minutes and snacking during the day on yoghurt, fruit, nuts, seeds, lean meats or hummus will help to keep your blood sugar level stable."
We would love to hear your stories and opinions on this topic. Do you think new mums suffer more than the dads? What lengths have you gone to to try and get your baby back to sleep and how do you keep your energy levels up the next day? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.