Single Moms More Likely To Be Sleep Deprived
Its official! Single mothers are the most sleep deprived in the United States, with single fathers coming in at close second.
According to Tech Times, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention Survey found that nearly half of all single mums with children aged under-18 years, are sleep deprived.
"Overall, single parents with children under age 18 years were more likely to have shorter sleep duration than adults in two-parent families with children under age 18 and adults living without children under age 18," the CDC report said.
The survey revealed that 43.5 % of single mothers reported getting less than seven hours of sleep during 24-hour period while 37.5 % fathers voiced a similar complaint. Couples in two-parent families did better. Only 32 % said they were sleep deprived.
Sleep deprivation was a complaint only among 30 % of the families without children.
Sleep deprivation of single parents was also linked to insomnia, the survey indicates.
"Among women, roughly one-quarter of single parents frequently had trouble falling asleep, which was greater than the 14.3% of women in two-parent families and 18.5% of women living without children who frequently had trouble falling asleep," the survey noted. Single parents also had trouble staying asleep and woke up frequently not feeling well-rested.
The consequences of inadequate sleep resulted in the increased likelihood of single-parents being dependent on sleep medication, CDC warned.