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It's Official: Moms Get Less Sleep Than Dads

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You're not dreaming: You really are more tired than your partner, according to a new study that finds moms get less sleep than dads. 

The research, which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's Annual meeting in April, interviewed nearly 6000 adults to discover how bedtime and sleep habits varied, depending on gender and kids in the home.

The results? Unlike men, women's sleep is affected by having kids in the house. The study found that only 48 percent of women with kids reported getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night, compared to 62 percent for women without children. What's more, a woman's odds of not getting enough sleep went up by a whopping 50 percent with each additional kid. As for dads, the study suggests that men don't notice a significant shift in their sleeping habits when they have kids.

"I think these findings may bolster those women who say they feel exhausted," said study author Kelly Sullivan, Ph.D., in a release from the American Academy of Neurology. "Our study found not only are they not sleeping long enough, they also report feeling tired throughout the day."

The take-home? Moms need to do a much better job of prioritizing sleep. Get started with these tips from the National Sleep Foundation

Sleep when the baby sleeps-including naps! Resist the urge to do another load of laundry or watch just one more episode of your fave show. 

Rotate night shifts with your partner, and consider having the off-duty parent sleep in a separate room or with earplugs.  

Aim to have your lights out by 10 p.m. (or earlier if your child wakes up during the night), since odds are your baby or toddler will be up early.

Try a white noise machine (that doesn't drown our your baby monitor!), keep your room as dark as possible, and avoid using devices immediately before bed or when you're up at night.