Here’s a parenting riddle for you: who gets more sleep, a mother or a father?
Experienced parents often share their wisdom with first-timers saying that when you kiss your baby for the first time, you also kiss any hope of regular sleep goodbye.
There’s scientific evidence of sleep differences between moms and dads which make women more susceptible to sleep interruptions.
Some of us might assume there’s some kind of primordial bond between a mother and her child that automatically wakes her when the child needs her. Meanwhile, dad snores away obliviously...
Is there more to it than that?
Combine all that with sleep disruption from menstrual cycles, pregnancies, and menopause. It’s no wonder women experience insomnia at a double to triple rate than men.
In fact, only 8% of men report any sleep interruption and report higher sleep satisfaction on the whole.
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How can we balance the scale? It seems women’s sleep vulnerabilities don’t do them any favors when it comes to sharing the burden of childcare. Out of 1,000 people surveyed, women with children report the lowest quality of sleep satisfaction and the least amount of sleep. Only 13% of the moms would describe their sleep as restful compared to 46% of dads.
In other words, even if women sleep more, they’re more likely to have trouble falling asleep and experience interrupted sleep patterns.
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… starts with creating the proper setting for a good night’s sleep. Here’s what we suggest:
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