According to a new study single mothers are the most sleep deprived Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a new report showing that 44 percent of single mothers living with their children younger than 18 get less than the recommended sleep of at least seven hours per night.
Single fathers living with their children are doing better, with only 38 percent of them getting less than seven hours of sleep.
Couples with children also suffer of some little amount of sleep deprivation, with 33 percent of them sleeping less than seven hours per night.
However, even 31 percent of the adults without children fail to sleep the minimum amount recommended.
An interesting fact was that even if more of the single dads sleep longer than the single moms, when living as a family more mothers get more than seven hours of sleep per night compared to the number of the dads. According to the report, 34 percent of the fathers sleeping with their children and the mother of their children get less than seven hours of sleep. On the other side, only 31 percent of the mothers living with their children and the father of their children sleep less than seven hours.
Single parents are not just struggling to sleep the minimum amount recommended but they also have trouble falling and staying asleep. The report found that 24 percent of the single mothers and 17 percent of the single fathers had trouble falling asleep. Of the parents living as couples, only 14 percent of mothers and 10 percent of fathers had the same problem.
When it comes to staying asleep, 28 percent of the single mothers and 19 percent of the single fathers had trouble at least four times a week. Of those living as couples, 21 percent of the mothers and 13 percent of the fathers had problems staying asleep.
Interesting is that adults without children seem to struggle more with falling asleep and staying asleep. About 19 percent of the women without children had problems falling asleep and 24 percent of them struggled with staying asleep. Of men, 13 percent struggled falling asleep and 18 percent had trouble staying asleep.
These adults are also those who are more likely to take sleep medications. About eight percent of single adults are taking pills to help them sleep compared to seven percent of single parents and four percent of those living as couples with kids.
Women are the most likely to have sleeping problems and also the most likely to take sleeping pills.
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