When you become a parent, sleepless nights are just part of the job. It starts with not sleeping because baby wakes up many times a night to be fed, changed, or lost their pacifier. And later on our kids wake us when they’ve had a bad dream, have an itch on their back, or just need a hug at two a.m.
So as parents, we are sleep deprived. And now there’s a tool that can tell us just how much sleep we’ve lost since becoming moms. It’s the Lost Sleep Calculator for Parents and we can thank the folks at UK furniture company Hillarys for it.
All you have to do is enter your kid’s age and click “calculate my lost sleep” and there are the numbers, based on research from Hillarys. And not only does it tell you how many hours, days, and months of sleep you’ve lost over the life of your child, it also calculates how many diapers you’ve changed, how many bedtime stories you’ve read, and how many lullabies you’ve sung.
Why would you want to know all this? Maybe for the confirmation that you are indeed justified in being tired for the last few years, maybe because you’re sadistic, or maybe so you have bragging rights over your sister who keeps talking about how exhausted she is with her one kid who’s just a few months old. Whatever your motivation is, now you can know just how tired you’ve been since your kid was born.