Working mums miss out on sleep

AAP 23/11/2010
A study of young families has found working mums were two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from interrupted sleep than working dads. Mums were not only much more likely to get up at night to care for others, their sleep interruptions last longer – an average of 44 minutes for women compared to about 30 minutes for men. “Interrupted sleep is a burden borne disproportionately by women,” said sociologist Sarah Burgard, a researcher at the University of Michigan. “Career advancement opportunities could well be foregone if women reduce their paid work time or see their workplace performance affected because of exhaustion.” The study took in time-diary information from about 20,000 couples from 2003 to 2007, drawn from US census data.