Is Lack of Sleep Ruining Your Relationship?
Well 80% of moms feel lack of sleep certainly has a negative affect on their relationship with their partner. In a recent survey conducted by eumom.ie on behalf of Milupa, we found that most moms feel they are too tired or have too little time to really focus on their relationship, while lack of sleep is also making moms feel down (43%), look unwell (37%) and feel unwell (35%).
Almost as soon as the words "I'm pregnant!" leave your lips, you are constantly reminded of how little sleep you are going to get when baby arrives. "Enjoy your sleep in, you won't be getting many more of those!", they jeer. Sleep disruptions are a given when a new baby is added in to the mix. But is it all that bad? Will we ever sleep again? We surveyed over 3,500 moms about their own sleep habits, and the sleep habits of their babies, to get an idea of just how tiring being a new parent really is! So what did we learn?
Moms Are Tired
Most moms are only getting a mere 6 or 7 hours sleep per night, which is certainly not enough to feel refreshed and energised, with most saying they feel tired, exhausted, drained or groggy after a nights (supposed) rest. The reason for all this exhaustion? Interrupted sleep. Good old coffee seems to the be the go-to solution to combat the lack of zzz's for most moms, as well as hot showers, hearty breakfast and drinking water. All this lack of continuous sleep is taking its toll on moms with 57% reporting a lack of energy, mood swings (22%), having no focus 11% and 8% feeling they look tired all the time. So how could mom feel better? Three quarters of moms say that just another hour or two of sleep per night would make the world of difference.
Moms Go Solo
It seems that mom is the one left holding the baby during the night (or rocking the cradle) with 68% being either wholly or mostly responsible for getting baby back to sleep. 28% share the responsibility and only 4% partners are solely responsible.
Moms Love Routine
Two thirds of moms surveyed have a bedtime routine (64%). Almost two thirds of babies go to bed between 7 and 8pm, with a further 17% going a bit later at 9pm. When it comes to waking at night, almost half sleep right through (46%) and another quarter doing so sometimes. Of those that do wake during the night, most babies wake just once (44%), 16% wake twice and 7% wake 3 times. Apart from the regular routine, moms will try most things to get baby back to sleep, but the most popular are feeding (48%), using a comforter (37%), giving a bath & story (23%), rocking (20%) and music (17%).
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Feeding as part of a bedtime routine if favourited my moms with a whopping 80% of moms feed their baby to sleep.
No Rest For The Wicked
Babies certainly like to sleep and three quarters take a nap during the day (74%) but despite this, only a third of moms nap when babies do (5% always and 24% sometimes).
So what can we do to feel more rested on waking? Perhaps sharing the responsibility with a partner, if possible, or making more effort to use baby's nap time as rest time for mom. Failing that, maybe some good skincare products and a regular babysitter for 'sleep'-ends away?! If you have any advice for getting more rest as a mom, please let us know in the comments.