Fall Asleep in the Shower? New Parent Study Says You're Not Alone

Because when baby's not sleeping at night, neither are you.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
May 2016
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Being a new parent means taking sleep whenever and wherever you can get it. The driveway, the shower, even the office—these are just some places moms and dads reported dozing off based on the results of a new sleep study. While this information isn’t going to earn you any extra shuteye, it will offer a sense of solidarity: Everyone with an infant is fighting the same sleep-deprived battle.

The study, commissioned by Owlet Baby Care, determined only 5 percent of parents of babies six months and under are getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. (Admittedly, we’re surprised that any are.) In fact, nearly half of the 500 study participants reported getting just 1 to 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Another 41 percent indicated that they’re never able to sleep while baby rests during daytime hours (but thanks for that unhelpful suggestion, non-parents!).

So where are moms and dads making up for lost REM? A variety of places:

  • Work (30 percent of new dads)
  • A parked car (21 percent of new parents)
  • The kitchen table (12 percent of new parents)
  • The shower (11 percent of new parents)

These parents are indicating that you can, in fact, put a price on a good night’s sleep. About half said they’d pay $100 for a full eight hours, while 10 percent are willing to shell out $1,000. Before you empty your wallet, try referencing some of our sleep tips. Once you’re out of the newborn period, closer to 4 to 6 months, you can give full-fledged sleep training a go.

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