Help or hindrance? The genius types who created this “lost sleep calculator” are either your heroes – for confirming why you’re just so gosh-darned tired – or your nemesis – because what we don’t know won’t hurt us!
The Lost Sleep Calculator for Parents invites you to add your child’s ages and they’ll do some speedy sums behind the scenes, and let you know not only how many hours sleep you’ve lost, but they’ll also convert that into the corresponding total days and months!
“Mums and dads expect to lose a little sleep as their baby grows,” the app’s makers, window covering maker Hillary’s says. “Now parents can find out exactly how much shut-eye they’ve lost over the years.”
Isn’t that such a relief?!
But there’s more…
Not only can you dwell on the countless hours you’ve spent helping your child while away the nighttime hours. There’s actually even MORE to this metric-obsessed app.
The clever calculator will tally up how many nappies you’re likely to have changed, it’ll estimate how many bedtime stories you’ve busted out and will also reveal how many lullabies you may have sung. Good. To. Know.
If this data sounds enticing to you, you can calculate your parent-sleep-debt here. And conversely, if this information sounds like your worst exhaustion-affirming nightmare, we send you a virtual fist bump in parental solidarity and totally understand.
The good folk at Hillary’s were quite keen to reveal some of the deluded things parents have done as they battled these hefty sleep debts, too.
These missteps include rocking the cat to sleep, putting phones in the fridge, sloshing breastmilk into coffee and wearing completely different shoes on each foot. Oh you goofballs!
The writer of this very post (aka me) has three very grown up children. When I put their ages in and noted the years of sleep I’d lost, I had to restrain myself from taking a terror nap. (That’s the kind of nap you take when something is very, very upsetting.) My results explained so much about my dipping energy level and growing tendency to forget stuff/not form complete adult thoughts. Perhaps you feel that way too?
Yes, how about you?! How many months (or years) of sleep have YOU missed out on?