Single Moms Need Sleep

Give Single Mothers A Nap

A new report from the CDC finds that 44% of single moms living with children under the age of 18 do not get the recommended seven hours of sleep a night.

Single dads do slightly better with only 38% of them getting less than the recommended seven hours per night.

33% of couples with kids were shown to get less then seven hours per night, but 34% of the dads had sleep deprivation compared to 31% of moms in these families.

Only 31% of single adults who didn’t live with kids got less then seven hours per night.

Single parents also thought they had the most trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, while couples with children did not suffer from these problems to the same extent.

Although single parents have trouble with sleeping, adults without kids reported taking medications to help with their sleeping at a higher rate.

People who are sleep deprived have a great risk for heart disease, diabetes, and depression. They are also more likely to be in car accidents and workplace accidents. Also, sleep deprivation is a risk factor for premature death.

This research means that we need to take care to be sure we are getting enough sleep every night. There are many options to to get help with sleeping if it becomes a problem. Don’t let sleep deprivation take over your life!

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REF:

LA Times “Why single mothers may need a nap” – Karen Kaplan

Ancient Sleep Patterns

Early Human Sleep Patterns 

With the modern technologies and pressures in today’s society we often feel as though we are not getting enough sleep. The growing industries offering hours of energy in a convenient mode of consumption are seen as normal ways to get through your day due to lack of sleep. But when did this change to toward a pattern of less sleep occur? Were our ancestors sleeping longer and waking up feeling more energized? The latest research says no.

A study done on three pre-industrial societies found that our early ancestors got about the same amount of sleep as we do. The average amount spent asleep was 5.7 to 7.1 hours per night. Most of them did not nap during the day either (no power naps).

They also found that complaints about the “modern world” causing sleep problems started around the 1880s.

Researchers based their findings on the habits of three different tribes who were outfitted with wrist monitors to gauge their activities throughout the day and night. The tribes are living life much like humans did before the industrial revolution. Sleep patterns were not seen to be different from those of our modern society. The tribes’ average life expectancy was also similar to those living in modern society, which they believe means that our current sleep pattern is not having detrimental effect on health.

Although the amount of sleep we are getting may not have changed much since our early ancestors, abnormal sleeping patterns and rhythms may lead to health concerns. More research is needed to see if our quality of sleep has changed in the modern era. Good sleep (like anything else) takes time and hard work to perfect. So practice good sleep!

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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.

REF:

LA Times “Modern Life Isn’t Stealing Your Sleep” -Karen Kaplan

Businesses Offering Help With Sleep

Businesses Focus on Workers’ Sleep

A lot of businesses already have programs to help their employees with proper biomechanics when working, nutrition and proper diets, quitting smoking, and even weight loss. Now firms are also looking at improving their workers’ sleep to boost health and productivity.

Assistance being offered:

  • Online coaching with sleep diaries to track sleeping habits
  • “Sleeposium” events about proper sleeping health
  • Relaxation videos for mobile devices.

Research:

  • Insomnia results in a loss of 11.3 days of productivity per year.
  • There is a link between poor sleep and decreased job satisfaction/work performance.
  • Possible link for insomniac bosses and abusive behavior towards employees.
  • Correlations between lack of sleep and medical conditions (diabetes, dementia).

What you can do:

  • Stop all business transactions at a specific time every night.
  • Stay away from lighted screens at night.
  • As an Employer you may want a sleep coach to talk to your workers.
  • If you are an employee see what health benefits your company offers.
  • Undergo a sleep study to see if you’re sleeping habits are healthy.
  • Turn to natural sources for help (chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, supplementation, exercise).

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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.

REF:

LA Times “Firms get in bed with insomniac workers” – Jena McGregor