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New parents sleep in separate beds

mum & baby in bed
A comprehensive survey revealing the sleeping habits of over 2,000 parents living in the UK has found that 1 in 10 couples choose to sleep in separate beds after the birth of their first baby to ensure a decent night’s sleep. The survey also discovered that parents in Manchester get the longest night’s sleep averaging 8 hours each night – which is the recommended daily amount - compared with Mum’s and Dad’s in London who get a measly 3.5 hours per night. Parents from up and down the country were surveyed to coincide with The Baby Show which took place at Birmingham’s NEC from 20 -22 May 2011.

The results include:
  • 1 in 10 couples opted to sleep in separate beds for up to a year after the birth of their child to ensure a decent nights sleep
  • Only 64% of couples sleep in the same bed together every single night after having a baby
  • 23% of mothers said that they took over-the-counter sleep remedies to help them get a good night’s sleep after the birth of their first baby
  • 14% of respondents admitted that they continued to take sleeping tablets up to 18 months after the birth of their child
  • 48% of parents said a lack of sleep predominantly affects their energy levels
  • 35% admitted that it affects their relationship with their partner
  • 15% said that their weight and appearance suffered
  • Nearly 3 out of 5 fathers solely attend to their baby in the middle of the night if they are crying or in distress
  • Manchester parents topped the sleeping poll by getting – on average – 8 hours each night whereas London Mums and Dads received the least with 3.5 hours in total. Other results showed that: Birmingham parents get 7 hours sleep a night and that Leeds Mums and Dads get only 4 hours in total
  • 53% of parents never let their baby sleep in their bed with them however 1 in 12 parents let their baby sleep in bed with them every single night until they were one

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2nd July 2011, 10:25
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