A new research in the US has discovered that children affect women’s sleeping pattern more than men. Ask any mother about this and I’m sure she’ll totally agree.
The nationwide telephone survey, which involved data from 5805 men and women with children in their households, found that children are the main cause why women lose more sleep than men.
Participants were asked how long they managed to sleep. Seven to nine hours of sleep was considered optimum while anything less than six hours was considered insufficient. The adults were also asked how many days they felt exhausted in the previous month.
Researchers also looked into other factors that could have contributed to sleep deprivation in the participants. This included ethnicity, education, marital status, income, fitness level, employment and the number of children in the household. The results indicated that for 2908 women involved in the study, the only factor that caused sleep deprivation was having children in the house.
The results also found that each child increases the odds of insufficient sleep by nearly 50%. Women below the age of 45 are particularly vulnerable to this. Researchers discovered that 48% of women in this age group in the study were able to get at least seven hours of sleep. In contrast, 62% of women who did not have children in the household were able to get the same amount of sleep.
Having children in the household not only reduced the number of hours of sleep younger women enjoyed but also increased the number of days they felt tired. To be specific, younger women with children reported feeling tired for an average of 14 days a month compared to 11 days for younger women without children. Interestingly, having children in the household somehow did not affect how long the men slept.
According to study author Kelly Sullivan, “Getting enough sleep is a key component of overall health and can impact the heart, mind and weight.” Sullivan adds, “It’s important to learn what is keeping people from getting the rest they need so we can help them work toward better health.”
Results of the study will be presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. The event is expected to be held in Boston Massachusetts from April 22 to April 28 this year.