Some things go hand in hand. Unfortunately, parenting and sleep deprivation are one perfect match. Sleep deprivation occurs when your body doesn’t get the amount of sleep it needs. A survey of over 1,500 parents shows that most parents aren’t getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep. Our study explores retribution for sleep deprivation and bedtime procrastination and how these two variables affect parents negatively. To learn more about the relationship between parenting and sleep deprivation, and how her 1,541 study participants were impacted after becoming parents, read on.
Most parents don’t get enough sleep
Our results show that the majority of parents (71.91%) sleep less than 7 hours on 3 or more days per week. This means that parents were sleep deprived an average of 4.07 nights per week. Nearly 1 in 5 parents (19.07%) reported that she slept less than 7 hours each weekday night.
According to our data, some groups reported more sleep-deprived nights than others.
- On average, women were sleep deprived 4.21 nights a week, while men were sleep deprived an average of 3.85 nights.
- Parents with household incomes below $25,000 per year had more sleep-deprived nights than higher-income households (4.64).
Lack of sleep negatively impacts parenting stress and guilt
Lack of sleep has many unpleasant side effects ranging from inattentiveness, irritability, memory loss and short-term stress. Because so many parents report sleep deprivation, we hypothesized that the effects of sleep deprivation might affect parenting. Our results show that 8 out of 10 parents reported at least some increase in parenting stress and guilt when they were sleep deprived.
- 85.45% of parents report feeling more overwhelmed with parenting responsibilities when they are sleep deprived.
- 84.32% reported increased stress due to lack of sleep while parenting.
- 71.35% said they feel more guilty towards their parents if they don’t get enough sleep.
Negative effects of lack of sleep disproportionately affect women
Our data reveal that more sleep-deprived nights are correlated with higher levels of general parenting stress and guilt, which were found to be disproportionately higher in women. Masu. Interestingly, in our survey, 85.68% of women said they experienced parenting stress and guilt in general, compared to 72.0% of men.
In addition to generally feeling more parenting stress and guilt, our data show that women are likely to experience a marked increase in the effects of lack of sleep on:
- Women were 4.33 times more likely to feel significantly overwhelmed with childcare responsibilities when they were sleep deprived.
- Women were 2.64 times more likely to experience a significant increase in parenting stress when sleep deprived.
Women were 3.38 times more likely to feel that lack of sleep significantly increased parenting guilt.
Parents, “revenge bedtime procrastination,” and sleep deprivation
Our data suggest that the frequency with which parents take revenge and delay bedtime may be correlated with an increase in sleep-deprived nights. The retaliatory parents who always delayed their bedtime got less than 7 hours of sleep an average of 5.41 nights a week, compared to 2.54 nights of sleep deprivation for those who never did.
Nearly half of parents take ‘revenge for procrastinating bedtime’ most or all of the time
Our research found that 95.33% of parents reported retaliating by procrastinating bedtime due to lack of free time during the day. Nearly half of those parents (48.02%) procrastinate most or always. More than half of parents choose screen time activities (51.40%) when it comes to putting off bedtime.
When we looked at the differences between revenge bedtime procrastination groups, we found:
- Women are more likely than men to delay bedtime in retaliation (51.18% do so most or always, compared to 43.17% for men).
- Parents with youngest children under the age of 3 had higher levels of revenge for procrastinating bedtime. Revenge-induced bedtime procrastination rates tend to decline as the youngest child of the parent ages.
Procrastinating bedtime for revenge negatively affects parenting
We hypothesized that some parents might experience poor sleep and feel the negative effects of it, as delaying bedtime in revenge can lead to poor sleep. Lack of sleep due to resentment for late bedtime was the most common cause of irritability during parenting, with 66.43% reporting feeling this feeling after delaying bedtime, followed by: continued.
- stress (60.73%),
- Overwhelmed with parenting responsibilities (51.78%)
- Mood swings (32.47%)
- Guilt (26.96%),
- Regret (24.63%)
Disproportionate Effects of Procrastinating Bedtime for Revenge
Similar to the trends seen in sleep deprivation, revenge bedtime procrastination rates, and the effects of sleep deprivation on parenting emotions, women in our study were more likely to predict revenge bedtime delays on their parenting emotions the next day. reported increased effects of procrastination.
As parental income levels rise, the effects of revenge-induced bedtime delays appear to diminish. Parents with a household income of $25,000 or less felt overwhelmed with parenting responsibilities (64.57%), followed by parents with a household income of $150,000 or more (39.55%). Very different.
Revenge for Procrastinating Bedtime Compared to General Parenting Stress and Guilt
Our results also showed a correlation between general parenting stress and guilt and revenge for procrastinating bedtime. Parents who said they felt general stress and guilt most often retaliated by delaying bedtime (62.80% “most of the time” or “always”). Of those who did not report general parenting stress or guilt, only 23.51% regularly retaliated for procrastinating bedtime.
Last Words from Sleepopolis
Our data support the common understanding that parents are generally sleep deprived. The study also revealed that nearly all parents (95.33%) were upset about late bedtime due to limited free time, which could lead to sleep deprivation. It means that there is sexuality. These two variables, sleep deprivation and revenge for procrastinating bedtime, can cause parents to experience a range of negative emotions during parenting, including guilt and stress.
Sleepopolis conducted a survey of 1,541 US parents from July 17, 2023 to July 20, 2023. The research was conducted on Connect by CloudResearch.
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