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Think The Sleepless Nights Are Bad Now? Wait Until Your Baby's 18…

For everyone dreaming of the day you can say, ‘He slept through eight hours! He slept through!’ hold up. Because researchers have found the early years aren’t the only – or the worst – time for sleepless nights for parents

If you haven’t already, invest in the best coffee machine you can afford. Figures show that the average UK parent will have around eight years of sleepless nights by the time their child turns 30.

The poll of 2,844 parents, conducted by mattress company Ergoflex, showed that parents experience an average of five sleepless nights a month when their child is between zero and 11 years old (what about the eight nights already this month, hey?). But when your child is 18 to 30 years old, you’ll get about 12 nights a month without much sleep.

When your child is 18 to 30 years old, you’ll get about 12 nights a month without much sleep

Parents miss out on seven nights of sleep when their child is aged between 12 and 17 years old and four nights a month once their child is 31 years old and over.

The poll’s results found that 35 per cent of parents worry about their child most when he or she is between 18 and 30 years old. Worrying about unemployment, lack of contact and even learning to drive causes around 1,872 sleepless nights.

Mums were shown to be the biggest worriers as 32 per cent of the dads polled said their partner’s ‘overreact and worry too much’ and 54 per cent of the mums agreed, admitting they ‘worried too much, but couldn’t help it.’

Do you find yourself awake at night worrying about your tot? Let us know in the comments box below.

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