One of my husband's favorite piece of advice for new parents is to tell them, "Take a nap while you still can!"

Everyone knows sleep is few and far between for parents of newborns. But did you know your sleep can still be affected for up to six years after baby is born?

A recent article on reported that parental sleep quality and duration doesn't recover to pre-pregnancy levels for up to six years.

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Even if you do get baby to sleep through the night within the first few months of their life (with resources like On Becoming Babywise), other sleep challenges can pop up.

The study also showed that once kids reach 5-6 years of age, moms get 20 minutes less of sleep compared to before they had a baby. (Dads, on the other hand, get 15 minutes less).

For more help on baby sleep, read our other sleep articles.

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Sami Cone

Best-Selling Author & Speaker

Sami Cone is the best-selling author of "Raising Uncommon Kids", is known as the "Frugal Mom" on Nashville's top-rated talk show "Talk of the Town" and educates over a million listeners every day on her nationally syndicated "Family Money Minute". She is proud to call Nashville home with her husband, Rick, and their two teenage children.

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