Sleep vs. sex

New parents want sleep more than sex

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There’s a new study out from BabyCenter and Dr. Harvey Karp (the author of Happiest Baby on the Block). The study is, in turn, summarized on Scary Mommy. It’s all about new parents and their attitudes on the early days of parenting.

The big takeaway:

  • 62 percent claim the biggest challenge they have is lack of sleep
  • 48 percent say it’s lack of time
  • 34 percent say it’s concerns over money
  • 26 percent say it’s lack of sex

Think on that for a second. The ratio of “sleep means more” to “where did sex go?” is over 2 to 1.

Makes sense, though: 78 percent of new parents in this study reported being “exhausted” within the past week, and observations of their daily lives showed they average about 5.7 hours/night (often lower).

And now, why this matters:

“Exhaustion is a serious problem,” Karp says. “It leads to the same mental impairment as being drunk! In some families it can trigger marital stress, postpartum depression, breastfeeding failure, obesity, and even infant deaths from falling asleep with the baby in an unsafe location.”

No bueno.

This whole situation is why we created our overnight care program, which you can check out rates for here.

Get some sleep — or let us help you get it.

Happy early July 4th. We’ll be back next week with a new study and some advice from Blake Lively (!) on motherhood.

Kristin Smith

Kristin is a wife, mom, doula and a kick ass swaddler. She spends her time helping families get top notch support throughout their parenting journey. When she isn't swaddling babies, she can be found sipping latte's and watching her daughter play softball. Read more...

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