Single Mothers Are Most Sleep Deprived In US, Study Finds

Posted: Jan 12 2016, 10:10pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Single Mothers are Most Sleep Deprived in US, CDC Reports
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44% of single moms fall short of getting adequate sleep at night.

Sufficient sleep is necessary for everyone, for men, women, children and the elderly. But new research has found that a specific group of people is finding it difficult to get adequate sleep and that is single mothers who are most sleep deprived among all the people living in the United States.

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), single mothers living with children under the age of 18 are not getting the recommended minimum of seven hours of sleep each night. Precisely 44% of single mothers sleep less than what has been recommended, closely followed by 38% single fathers who are also struggling to get enough sleep.

"These results are not surprising.” Dr. Stuart Quan, a sleep medicine specialist, who was not involved in the study told Live Science.

"In general, people tend to sacrifice sleep when they have competing priorities, such as work, family responsibilities and social obligations.”

Overall both single mothers and fathers are the most to suffer sleep deprivation and this lack of sleep can lead to various physical and mental health problems including diabetes, heart disease, depression and insomnia.

According to the report, nearly one-third of US adults are getting fewer hours of sleep . 31% of adults without children and 33% of couples with children also reported not getting sufficient sleep.

For the study, researchers surveyed around 44,000 adults aged 18 to 64. Of those surveyed, 69% were adults who had no young children, 26% adults were in two-parent families with children and 6% single parents with kids at home.

In any case, women are the ones who failed to get sufficient or good sleep. 57% of single mothers said that they feel tired or fatigued every time they woke up in the morning. The same was reported by 46 percent of women in two-parent families, and 39 percent of women living without children.

"In virtually all epidemiological studies of sleep, women tend to have more sleep-related complaints than men.” Quan said.

At least 7 hours of sleep a day is required for adults for maintaining health and avoiding health problems. Sleep deficiency can increase the risk of accidents in driving and affects a person’s performance at workplace.

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