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Having Kids Means Less Sleep for Moms — But Not for Dads

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Study Finds.

It’s no secret that having children can lead to some sleepless nights, but new research finds that mothers are suffering more than anyone when it comes to a night of good rest.

The preliminary study, released by the American Academy of Neurology, was conducted through a nationwide telephone survey of 5,805 people. The researchers questioned participants as to how long they typically slept and how often they felt tired. They also took into account other factors besides children such as age, education, race, exercise habits, current employment, marital status, BMI, and income.

The researchers found that the only consistent factor that seemed to play a role in how much sleep participants got was linked to having kids. They found that 62 percent of women without kids got at least seven hours of sleep, but that only 48 percent of women with kids did the same. Women with children also reported feeling tired three more days a month than women without children, and there did not seem to be any changes in the sleep habits of men whether they had children or not.

The research team found that each child in a household increased the odds of a woman having less than six hours of sleep by nearly 50 percent.

The results of the study were presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th Annual Meeting.

Source: Study Finds

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