Being a parent is a full-time, 24-hour job, which can make it difficult to get enough sleep. And some parents are so desperate for sleep that they take naps throughout the day, a new survey shows. The survey of 2,000 parents of children under 18, commissioned by Sealy and conducted by OnePoll, found that two in five (44%) have trouble falling asleep every night and almost half (46% ) say their kids are the main reason they can’t fall or stay asleep.
The investigation reveals:
- One-third of parents say putting their kids to bed is their biggest sleep routine challenge.
- On average, moms and dads put their kids to bed between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., but they usually don’t go to bed on their own for at least two more hours.
- The best way for kids to keep their parents from falling asleep is by crawling into mom and dad’s bed.
- For 39% of parents, if their child goes to bed after bedtime, they can’t fall asleep until their child does.
- Some parents say they can’t sleep if their kids are playing, either with a digital device (43%) or with toys (41%).
- Just over half (56%) of those surveyed say their family’s nighttime routines have changed because of the pandemic.
- And more than three-quarters of parents say their family’s sleep schedule changes with summer vacation.
- Fatigue led 56% of parents to fall asleep elsewhere than in bed, including at work, at the kitchen table, and even having their hair cut.
- And that’s why nearly three-quarters (72%) of parents surveyed say they are so desperate for sleep that they will try to take a nap during the day.