Most mothers don't get enough sleep
[ 2006-10-24 09:06 ]
Half of US mothers are
not getting enough sleep and they believe getting more rest would
make them better parents, according to a US
Half of US mothers are not
getting enough sleep and they believe getting more rest would make them
better parents, according to a US study.
A nationwide survey of 500 mothers by research firm
Braun Research found 54 percent of respondents said they were not getting
Full-time working mothers were suffering the most
with 59 percent saying they were not getting enough sleep. Half of the
working mothers said they were getting six or fewer hours sleep a night.
moms fared better with 48 percent saying they were sleep
The survey found 52 percent of America's mothers
believed that getting more sleep would make them better parents and 65
percent said it would make them happier.
But even when mothers do get into bed, many lie
awake at night with 36 percent obsessing about the next day's tasks, 25
percent stressing about the family's finances and 24 percent worrying
about family issues.
"Consistently not getting enough sleep and lying
awake at night worrying about day-to-day challenges could be a sign of
insomnia," said sleep specialist Suzanne Griffin, a clinical psychiatrist
from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington.
But the survey found although sleep problems were
prevalent among mothers, four out of five had not spoken to their doctor
about it and 82 percent never considered using a prescription sleep
Griffin suggested that mothers stick to a sleep
schedule, avoid alcohol and caffeinated
drinks late in the afternoon and before bedtime, and
create a sleep environment that is cool, quiet, dark and