Some 77 per cent of new parents suffer from sleep
This is according to research by Johnson's Baby and the issue of
babylag - the feeling of extreme exhaustion - is one that has to be
dealt with. Dr Dev Banerjee stated healthy adults need between
six-and-a-half and nine hours sleep in order to function
However, when a baby is introduced to the family, parents are
woken up during the night and therefore struggle to enter the deep
sleep phase. As a result of this, mums and dads will have slower
reaction times, poor concentration and their memory recall could be
Parents want some shut-eye
Such is their desire for rest that 33 per cent of parents said
they would not buy any new clothes for six months in return for one
night of uninterrupted slumber in their bed.
Some 31 per cent would go off alcohol for a month, 27 per cent
would stop using their mobile for a week and 22 per cent would be
willing to go seven days without TV. This highlights how desperate
some people are for their children
to snooze right through the night.
Johnsons's Baby senior product manager James Watson stated:
"Becoming a new parent undoubtedly brings the most special moments
of your life, but it also brings tiredness beyond normal measure
that virtually all new parents can relate to.
"If we can help baby sleep better then hopefully mum and dad will
have more chance for uninterrupted sleep and ultimately be able to
beat their babylag."
Tiredness is a problem
Mothers and fathers were asked how they feel after a very poor
night's sleep. A total of 42 per cent said they had never
experienced tiredness like it before, while 36 per cent said all of
their emotions were heightened as a result of the exhaustion.
Moreover, 22 per cent could not put into words how bad they felt,
while 17 per cent thought they were just going through the
Dr Banerjee said that the experience of new parents is comparable
to military training or a long-distance flight, adding: "Sleep
deprivation can be a very real problem and affect people physically
Focus on a routine
When it comes to getting good sleep, routine is vital. With 59 per
cent of parents admitting they struggle to get their children to
doze off at night, the need to establish a calming bedroom routine
A simple three-step process such as bath, warm massage and then
off to bed can really help to regulate a baby's sleep.
Mums will feel the benefits of having a well-slept child, as the
research discovered their anger levels dropped by 69 per cent,
fatigue fell by 59 per cent and vigour increased by 22 per
Rebecca Spencer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst thinks
that napping could actually be beneficial for young children. She
is launching an investigation to look at the connection between
sleep, physical activity and behaviour.
Posted by Michael Ewing