The Washington Post examines the dangers of parental sleep deprivation.
The cost of exhausted parenting can be extremely high. New parents often find themselves building an intolerable sleep deficit as their infants struggle to drift off during the night. With work looming in the morning and a minimal network of support to help take the strain, too many couples spend too many months and even years focused solely on work and getting their kids to sleep. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it doesn’t have to be this way. But if left unchecked, the result can be an almost entire absence of time alone together. Intimacy and sex are relegated to a fond, distant memory. The cumulative toll on a couple can be very damaging.