Study Proves Mothers Sleep Less Than Fathers

By Carolyn Eagle

Posted in : Health and Wellness

March 28, 2017

The image of a sleep deprived mother is a familiar one in everything from comedy to advertising to the television shows we watch. Now science has confirmed that this cultural stereotype is real and it is affecting women’s health.


In a study by the American Academy of Neurology and Georgia Southern University, researchers surveyed 2805 Americans aged 45 and under on how they slept and how often they felt tired over a one month period. The results were unsurprising for many women with children.

·        Only 48% of mothers got 7 or more hours of sleep a night – compared to 62% of women without children

·        For each child she has, a woman’s chance of receiving 6 hours of sleep decreases by 50%

·        Women with children reported feeling tired about 2 weeks out of every month – women without children reported 11 days feeling tired.

·        There were no difference found for men in the study, whether they had children or not.

·        Other factors, including levels of exercise, education, and marital status had no influence on how long women slept

While it is heartening for women to know that they are not alone in feeling the exhausting strain or motherhood, a lack of sleep can have serious repercussions on physical and mental health.

Lack of sleep has been linked to memory problems, depression, weight gain, a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. With women still statistically responsible for the majority of housework and child care, this shows a larger systemic problem that needs to be addressed.


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