It is rather unsurprising the fact that single mothers are the most sleep-deprived US citizens, taking into account that they have to watch over their offspring constantly, without having a partner to switch to. This study was conducted by the US Center for Disease Control because sleep-depravity can cause serious health threats like diabetes, stress-related disorders, and cardiovascular illnesses, as well as a higher risk for traffic and workplace accidents.
While having a child younger than 18 years-old, 44% of single mothers suffer from sleep deprivation, while 38% of single fathers fall below the recommended 7-hour sleep period. This is most likely due to the fact that mothers are often more stressed by their offspring’s well-being in comparison to fathers, but this slight difference does not alter the numbers by a large margin.
Couples are not spared by this lack of sleep, but in their case, numbers fare a bit better, with only 33% of them not catching a good night’s rest. Families that do not live in the same home with their kids only portray a 31% chance, most likely due to how kids usually stay up late at night. But in the case of nuclear families, dads are the ones that suffer from sleep deprivation, with 34%, statistically higher than mothers’ 31%.
In regards to the ease in which one falls asleep, single parents are once again in the top of the leaderboards, with 17% of dads and 24% of moms encountering problems at least four times a week when attempting to go to sleep. This percentage is significantly lower for couples that live together with only 10% fathers and 14% moms respectively.
Staying asleep for more than four hours was also taken into account, with single parents rising to 28% for moms and 19% of fathers, joined by couples’ numbers marked at 21% and 13%.
But these numbers get somewhat switched when the idea of having a good night’s rest is applied to parents living with their kids. Couples having their offspring sleeping in their close vicinity had a higher chance of staying asleep when compared to mothers’ 24% and fathers’ 18% that do not live with their children. A reason for this may be the fear that something would happen to their children, even though this concept might be only on the subconscious level.
By not having a good rest, 52% of single moms and 40% of single dads were subjected to very groggy mornings around four times a week. This could eventually lead to health problems and work-related incidents, especially if the workplace is extremely taxing. In order to circumvent this, around 8% of couples and 7% of single parents took medicine that helped them sleep more soundly. Even if this method can bypass the lack of sleep, some medication may have adverse side-effects, as well as the risk of causing addiction, in some specific cases.
Even if single mothers are the most sleep-deprived US citizens, females overall have trouble sleeping in almost every circumstance, from all sides of the spectrum. A recent study has shown that sleep deprivation can even increase the risk of premature death, making this CDC study portray some rather grim numbers.