CDC study reveals single mothers get the least sleep among us


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(WRIC) — A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that when it comes to sleep, single moms are most likely not to get it.

Researchers used a large national survey to look at sleep duration and quality.

Data from the study shows that more than two in five single mothers get less than seven hours of sleep a night. Even when they do get some rest, though, single parents have worse quality of sleep. Roughly half of single parents said they frequently woke up feeling not well-rested.

Adults in two-parent families and adults living without kids do better.

Single parents were also more likely than two-parent households to take medications to fall asleep or stay asleep.

Are single parents doomed to have bags under their eyes? Actually, there are things all of us can do to maximize sleep. Experts call it sleep hygiene.

Sleep in a dark, quiet space and turn off electronics an hour before bed. If you have little ones who won’t sleep through the night, try giving yourself the same thing you give to them: an occasional nap.

8News sister station WTNH contributed to this report.

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