Congratulatory messages about the new royal baby have been pouring in from around the world, but an off-the-cuff remark from Prince William kept things very real.
With his wife, Duchess Kate by his side, he told reporters; “We’re absolutely thrilled … I’m very pleased to welcome my own brother to the sleep-deprivation society that is parenting,” in a laughing message to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following the birth of their son.
The sleep deprivation is real. A few recent British studies have found that new parents can lose anywhere from 44 to 50 full nights of sleep in the first year of their child’s life. The same studies found that new parents get an average of just around five hours of sleep a night over the course of a year.
And sleep deprivation can affect everything from your mood to your physical health to your relationships. In welcoming Harry (and Meghan) to the “Sleep Deprivation Society” (sometimes also affectionately called the zombie club), Prince William is every parent who ever gleefully warned an unsuspecting couple that they’ll never sleep again.
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