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Here's How Much Less Sleep Women Get Once They Have Kids

Sleeping Couple Here's How Much Less Sleep Women Get Once They Have Kids
Melissa Porter | 28 February, 2017, 01:25

New research authored by Georgia Southern University's Kelly Sullivan, PhD, found that while women who were living with kids got significantly less sleep than women who weren't, men's sleep wasn't affected by whether or not kids were in the house.

Children had no effect on how long men slept, said the researchers whose findings were presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Boston. With each child in the household, a mother has increased odds of sleep deprivation by about 50 percent, researchers found.

The researchers compared people's reports of their sleep with a number of factors known to affect sleep, including the number of children in the house, people's exercise levels and whether they also reported snoring.

According to a preliminary study released on Sunday, which examined data from a nationwide telephone survey of 5,805 men and women, having children in the house leaves women more sleep deprived than men.

Sleep time was measured as a continuous variable (total sleep hours/day), which was categorized as either optimum (7-9 hours/day) or insufficient ( 6 hours per day).

Sullivan found that having children in the household was associated with "frequency of feeling unrested" among younger women (β=1.76, SD 0.54, P=0.001), but this was not significant among younger men (β=1.06, SD 0.64, P=0.10).

The participants were quizzed on their sleep duration. However, individuals who slept for six hours or less were in the insufficient sleep category. "Women who are concerned about their sleep should also consider seeking the guidance of professionals such as therapists or physicians".

Overall, 48 per cent of women under 45 with children reported getting at least seven hours of sleep compared with 62 per cent of those without children. Authors also analyzed how various other factors - like number of children in the household, race, age, body mass index, and marital status - may have impacted respondents' sleep.

Another finding in the research highlighted the difference between mothers and women without children when it came to feeling exhausted; mums reported feeling exhausted 14 days per month, compared to 11 days a month for non mothers. By comparison, women who did not have kids in the house said they felt tired 11 days on an average in a month.

Researchers have found that mothers get less sleep when living with children, but fathers' sleep is unaffected.