Kids Mean Less Shuteye for Mom, While Dad Slumbers on

Kids Mean Less Shuteye for Mom, While Dad Slumbers on

This will come as no surprise to mothers, but a new survey finds that women with children living at home are more likely to be sleep-deprived than women without children. However, the presence of children in the home did nothing to alter men’s sleep patterns. The researchers also found that women with children reported feeling tired more days a month than their child-free counterparts. “Forty-eight percent of women with children reported at least seven hours of sleep, compared to 62 percent of women without children,” said study leader Kelly Sullivan. She’s an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. Sullivan and her colleagues analyzed data from a nationwide telephone survey of more than 5,800 men and women. The respondents reported how long they slept each night, with seven to nine hours considered optimal and less than six hours considered lacking. The men and women also reported how many days they had felt tired in the past month.

Key Points:

  • 1A new survey finds that women with children living at home are more likely to be sleep-deprived than women without children.
  • 2Only 48% of women with children reported at least seven hours of sleep, compared to 62% of women without children
  • 3Notably, the presence of children in the home did nothing to alter men’s sleep patterns.


Women with young children at home said they were tired 14 days a month, compared to 11 days for those without children in the home, the findings showed.

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