Moms, it's time to rejoice, because now we can officially prove to our husbands that we get less sleep because of our kids than they do.
For many parents who have young children, sleep deprivation is part of the job description. According to new research, however, mothers fare worse than fathers in the department of missing sleep.
After analyzing more than 5,800 adults, research has discovered that having children in the house has greatly reduced the amount of sleep mothers get, while fathers are unaffected.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should aim to get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. More than 35 percent of people are unable to meet these recommendations.
As a parent, you will likely not be surprised by these results. After spending a night awake with baby, or waiting for your teenager to come in the door, you can probably relate to many sleepless nights because of your kids.
"I think these findings may bolster those women who say they feel exhausted," says the study co-author Kelly Sullivan, Ph.D., of Georgia Southern University.
But how much sleep are we actually losing because of our kids?