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How newborns affect your sleep, in three Fitbit charts
Research says parents lose 44 days of sleep over the course of the first year of a baby's life, so they sleep about 5.1 hours a night. That number may be even lower at the beginning of that year. - photo by Herb Scribner
Its not exactly surprising news that new parents dont get a lot of sleep. Research says new parents lose about 44 days of sleep in the first year of their newborns life, according to the Daily Mail. In fact, new parents often get about 5.1 hours of sleep per night.

But that number may be even lower when the child is first born. BabyCenter blogger Sara McGinnis had her sister-in-law, who had just given birth to a baby girl, Alison, use Fitbits sleep tracker app to monitor how things change after baby arrives.

The Fitbit tracker, which measured her sister-in-laws sleep patterns for several nights the week of Alison's birth, showed that the new mother wasn't anywhere close to even getting a total of eight hours of sleep per day. McGinnis wrote it was just "an average of four hours and four minutes a day, with no one period of sleep lasting so much as three hours."

My heart goes out to all of you going through sleep deprivation right now, McGinnis wrote in her post. Know that someday you will snooze again, and in the meantime heres hoping your little one is a(s) darling as this sweet thing.