Single mothers are at greater risk to suffer from sleeping problems than adults from two parent families, according to a new survey.
The researchers found single mothers with children aged 18 and under were more likely to have less than 7 hours of sleep each night. Moreover, single parents were found to have more trouble falling asleep and staying asleep while they were more likely to wake up without feeling well-rested than adults without children.
About 42 percent of single parents reported getting less than 7 hours sleep as compared with 32% of adults from two parent families and 31% of adults living without children. Among single parents, the investigators discovered that single mothers were more likely to experience lack of sleep.
Almost 44% of single mothers recorded less than 7 hour sleep each night, compared with 37% of single fathers. In addition, more than half of single parents reported waking up not feeling well-rested at least four times over the past week as compared to 42% of adults in two-parent families and 35% adults without children.
“Overall, results reveal that single parents get less sleep and experience more sleep-related problems than adults in other types of families,” said one of the researchers.
Single mothers were at greater risk of poor sleep quality than single fathers.The survey findings demonstrate another downfall of single parenthood, which has been on the rise in recent decades across the globe.
The study also discovered a surprising fact that adults without kids were most likely to take medication when they have trouble sleeping. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 18 and above should aim to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. However, almost a third of adults do not even reach the 7-hour goal. Single mothers are at greater risk to suffer from sleeping problems IMAGE/utahpeoplespost