Single Moms Are Most Sleep-Deprived
Single moms are the most sleep-deprived people in America.
That's the conclusion of a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults between the ages of 18 and 64 should get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. But almost a third of Americans don't even get seven hours of rest.
CDC researchers found that single parents were the most likely group to get fewer than seven hours sleep each night. According to a National Health Interview Survey in 2013-14, 42.6 percent of single parents reported getting fewer than seven hours sleep, compared with 32.7 percent of adults from two-parent families and 31 percent of adults living without children.
And among those single parents, the team found that single mothers were more likely than single fathers to experience lack of sleep, with 43.5 percent of single mothers getting fewer than seven hours sleep each night, compared with 37.5 percent of single fathers.
That trend reverses among two-parent families. Men were more likely than women to get fewer than seven hours sleep each night, at 34.1 percent and 31.2 percent, respectively. And among adults living without children, 32.3 percent of men reported getting fewer than seven hours sleep a night, compared with 29.7 percent of women.
What’s more, more than 50 percent of single parents reported waking up not feeling well-rested at least four times over the past week, compared with 42.2 percent of adults in two-parent families and 35.7 percent of adults without children.
The researchers pointed out that the percentage of single-parent families in the U.S. with children under the age of 18 has risen to 32 percent.
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