Rocking Until the Break of Dawn

As anyone who has children knows, having a baby does not exactly do wonders for your sleep schedule. In fact, parents lose an average of nearly two hours of sleep each night in the first year of their child’s life. There is not enough coffee in the world to counter this level of sustained sleep loss. And it is not enough to just power through that persistent feeling of tiredness — lack of sleep can have a major effect on both one’s physical and mental health. The additional responsibilities and worries that come along with caring for the new little bundle of joy only serve to further amplify these detrimental effects.

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