In probably the least surprising news of the week, a new survey conducted at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University found that women with children living at home are more sleep-deprived and more tired than their childless counterparts.
The data utilized a nationwide telephone survey of more than 5,800 men and women, asking them how long they slept each night. Seven to nine hours was considered optimal sleep, while less than six hours was considered lacking. Participants also reported how many days they felt tired throughout the past month.
The findings showed that women with young children reported tiredness three more days per month (14 compared to 11) than women without children at home. Of the nearly 3,000 women surveyed under 45, the only linking factor of insufficient sleep was the presence of children.
Women not working and those with a higher household income reported more sleep than those who stayed at home and have lower income families. Women with younger children (newborn to 3) got less sleep than mothers with children aged 3 to 6.
The most interesting finding, however, was that men with children reported no difference in sleep patterns than men without children. But, before you start condemning your husband for his “extra” sleep, research showed that men with and without children, in general, got less sleep than women.
The research will be shared in an April presentation at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Boston. Read the full article here.