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Sixty seconds on . . . sleepless nights

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 25 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o805
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

Are sleepless nights with newborns a big problem?

Not for the babies. They’re responding as generations of babies have done—sleeping when they’re fed and waking for their next meal. Their internal body clock just hasn’t started ticking yet.

But some parents get really rattled

It can be an anxious and distressing time, and exhaustion among weary parents can contribute to serious issues such as depression.

Sounds like it sucks. Does everyone go through this?

Durham University’s Infancy and Sleep Centre says that 25-33% of parents in English …

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