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Having Kids Means Less Sleep For Mom But Not Dad

posted: 03/13/17
by: Amanda Mushro

File this one under, "Thanks, scientist, for telling us something we already know." The American Academy of Neurology and Georgia Southern University released a study that says after having kids, moms lose significant sleep but dads really don't lose much shut-eye. Shocking, right? I'll give you some time to compose yourself while I give you all the hard hitting facts.

According to researchers, over 5,800 people were surveyed and asked how long they usually slept. Seven to nine hours per day is considered optimum and less than six hours is considered insufficient. Among the nearly 3,000 women aged 45 years and younger in the study, researchers found the only factor associated with not getting enough sleep was having children. The study actually says "Unlike men, a good night's sleep for women is affected by having children in the house." Even though my kids are babies anymore, if they let out a deep sigh at night or talk in their sleep, I'm wide awake and my husband is still snoring away.

What can we do with these findings? "I think these findings may bolster those women who say they feel exhausted," said study author Kelly Sullivan, PhD, of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "Our study found not only are they not sleeping long enough, they also report feeling tired throughout the day." So this weekend when the kids are up super early, send it dad because you need more sleep, Mom!

Tell us in the comments who gets more sleep in your house. Is it dad, mom, or are you both getting the same amount of sleep?