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.



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