It's the final countdown until Christmas - you've bought all the presents, you've ordered a big Christmas dinner shop and you've posted all your Christmas cards.

The kids have finished school for the holidays and you've finally clocked off work - there's only one more thing you need to get through - Christmas Eve.

According to new research, three quarters of parents claim Christmas Eve is a “nightmare”.

The study of 2,000 primary school parents by Happy Beds, found that 70% of parents feel exhausted on Christmas Day because of the nocturnal shenanigans the night before.

If you've got kids that will come as no surprise, so what else do most mums and dads dread on Christmas Eve?

Being woken up by excited kids all night long

According to the poll, long suffering parents will be woken up three times in the night on average, getting as little five hours sleep and 46% of kids will end up sleeping in the parental bed after hours of tossing and turning.

Shouting out at the kids to just GO TO SLEEP!

Seven in 10 mums and dads will end up shouting at their kids because they just simply won’t go to sleep.

In fact, the average primary school aged child will spend more than an hour (66 minutes) trying to get to sleep on Christmas Eve before they finally drop off.

Being woken up at stupid o'clock to open presents

The study also found that three quarters of British children will wake up at 5am on Christmas Day, and then be unable to fall back to sleep.

No matter how much you fight it - the kids will have you out of bed even before the crack of dawn so you better get the coffee down you.

Not being able to keep your eyes open on Christmas Day

The lack of sleep the night before can have a big impact on the big day itself with 15% of parents saying their children are always completely shattered on Christmas Day, and unable to enjoy it to the full, whereas 11% claim that not having enough sleep spoils the whole day for everyone.

A weary one in 20 parents have even burnt Christmas lunch because they were so sleep deprived. While one in 10 claim they are dreading a day of family rows because everyone is so exhausted.

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