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Lullaby, and a goodnight's sleep? Not if you're a new mom.

A recent study of new moms found that, on average, each got just over seven hours of sleep per night during their babies' first four months. That's what is generally recommended for adults and more than the average American gets.

Before you say that seven hours can't be possible, it's not. Not really. The study also found that sleep is frequently interrupted, a finding not surprising to parents.

For years, the assumption by medical professionals and moms alike was that they weren't getting enough sleep, and to "nap when baby naps." But sleeping a little bit at a time is what's behind daytime fatigue. It's a phenomenon that actually mimics other sleep disorders like sleep apnea, where people get too little restorative sleep. Daytime fatigue and exhaustion may contribute to postpartum depression.