New parents face up to 6 years of sleep deprivation, study says

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Starting a new family can be an exciting time but it's no secret that you can say goodbye to your sleep. 

New research suggests your heavy eyelids, yawning and even grouchiness could go on for six years. Researchers tracking the sleep of thousands of women and men as their family grew found that shuteye hits a low about three months after birth, with the effect strongest in women. 

The study, published in the journal Sleep, shows while parents said they saw an improvement in their sleep schedule over time, it was never quite the same ever again. 

Researchers focused on more than 2,500 women and almost 2,200 men who reported the birth of their first, second, or third child during the study, with participants followed for up to six years. 

The study found that women reported a decline in sleep satisfaction in the first year after the birth of the child, dropping 1.7 points on the scale on average for the first, and just over one point for both the second and third compared with the first baby. 

Mothers lost about 40 minutes of sleep per night in the first year of the child's life while fathers only lost about 13 minutes of sleep, the study said. For a more in depth look at this sleep study, CLICK HERE