Kids’ toll on sleep

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

CHIL­DREN cost mums and dads the equiv­a­lent of one night’s sleep ev­ery week.

De­spite 79% of par­ents want­ing their lit­tle ones in bed be­fore 8pm, 58% ad­mit­ted it doesn’t hap­pen, with one in 10 chil­dren go­ing to bed af­ter 10pm.

The study to mark the launch of Dis­ney Ju­nior UK’s Par­ent­ing Hacks pod­cast found it takes an av­er­age of 43 min­utes af­ter brush­ing teeth and a story for chil­dren to go to sleep.

Most bedtimes con­sist of three sto­ries, two tantrums, and four good­night kisses.

Not sur­pris­ingly this leads to a lack of sleep for par­ents – and 48% of them con­fess it makes them feel mis­er­able.

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