Who's Sleeping in the Family Bed?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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The first week of results are in for our Clock Your Sleep project, and with just over 3,000 people logging their sleep with us, we decided to focus in on how parents are doing in the race to log enough zzzzs. 

It won't come as a surprise to many parents that they're waking up a full hour earlier than non-parents: those reporting that they have kids in their house every night wake up, on average, at 6:36 a.m., while those who say they don't live with kids get out of bed at 7:28 a.m. But here's what did surprise us: parents aren't actually sleeping that much less than non-parents. That's not just because parents go to bed earlier, but because they sleep more efficiently than non-parents. That is, once they turn out the lights, they fall asleep quickly, and spend less time awake in bed in the early morning hours.

We also asked whether children or pets slept in bed with our Clock Your Sleep participants. So far, just 26 people have told us that they sleep with a partner and a child (also referred to as a "family bed"). But it looks like the family that sleeps together isn't sleeping quite as well. On average, our family bed sleepers get about 15 fewer minutes of sleep each night than the rest of our sleep clockers. Those that cuddle up with pets don't seem as affected — they get about the same amount of sleep as everyone else in the project.

For more analysis on how New York is sleeping, listen to our Senior Editor for Data News John Keefe talk to WNYC Morning Edition Host Soterios Johnson about our first week of findings. 


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Comments [3]

We had a family bed/sidecar cosleeper for the first year with my daughter. This allowed me to nurse while barely waking up and definitely helped us all get better sleep.
She's 2 and a half now and is fine sleeping on her own and sleeps to a very civilized hour in the morning. We cannot blame her for our going to bed too late.
Macha - I feel for you. I have no experience with 5-year-olds, but lots of sympathy.

Apr. 11 2014 11:36 PM
Macha from Chelsea, NY

We tried to use cry it out with our son starting at around 1.5 years old - 3years old and our upstairs neighbors called the police 3 seperate times resulting in one of the most traumatic experiences for both of us and my son. He is now 5 years old and has major sleep issues. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Apr. 09 2014 11:07 AM

A lot of the links in this article either aren't mobile friendly or don't work.

Apr. 09 2014 07:37 AM

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