The Reading / Listening - Sleep - Level 5

It will be no great surprise to mothers that a new study confirms that moms (and mums) get less sleep than fathers. Researchers in the USA analyzed data on the sleeping habits of 5,800 men and women. They wanted to find out what affects adults' sleep. They found that having children in the house leads to less sleep for many mothers. Motherhood greatly reduces the number of hours a mother sleeps. Unsurprisingly, this had an adverse effect on her energy levels during the day. The study found that fathers' sleep remained largely unaffected by having kids in the house.



The study shows that children were the biggest cause of mothers not sleeping. Dr Kelly Sullivan said each child increased a woman's risk of not sleeping by 46%. Nearly half of mothers under 45 said they got seven hours of sleep a night, compared with 62% of women of the same age with no kids at home. A lack of sleep harms our physical and mental well-being. It increases the risk of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Dr Sullivan said: "It's important to learn what is keeping people from getting the rest they need so we can help them work towards better health."

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    Sleep - Level 4 or  Sleep - Level 6

Sources
    http://www.livescience.com/58026-moms-get-less-sleep.html http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316076.php http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/02/27/living-with-children-really-can-affect-your-sleep-if-youre-woman.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It will be no great
  2. moms (and mums)
  3. analyzed
  4. the sleeping habits
  5. greatly reduces
  6. this had an adverse effect
  7. fathers' sleep remained
  8. having kids
  1. largely unaffected
  2. the number of hours
  3. in the house
  4. data
  5. get less sleep than fathers
  6. surprise to mothers
  7. of 5,800 men
  8. on her energy levels

Paragraph 2

  1. children were
  2. compared with 62% of women
  3. A lack
  4. harms our physical and mental
  5. It increases the risk
  6. cardiovascular
  7. what is keeping people from getting
  8. work towards better
  1. the rest they need
  2. of sleep
  3. health
  4. of diabetes
  5. of the same age
  6. the biggest cause
  7. well-being
  8. disease

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It (1) ___________________ surprise to mothers that a new study confirms that moms (and mums) (2) ___________________ fathers. Researchers in the USA analyzed data on the sleeping habits of 5,800 men and women. They wanted to (3) ___________________ adults' sleep. They found that having children in the house (4) ___________________ sleep for many mothers. Motherhood greatly reduces the number of hours a mother sleeps. Unsurprisingly, this (5) ___________________ effect on her energy levels during the day. The study found that fathers' sleep (6) ___________________ unaffected by having kids in the house.

The study shows that children were the (7) ___________________ mothers not sleeping. Dr Kelly Sullivan said each child increased a woman's risk of not sleeping by 46%. Nearly (8) ___________________ under 45 said they got seven hours (9) ___________________, compared with 62% of women of the same age with no kids at home. A lack of sleep harms our physical and mental well-being. It (10) ___________________ of diabetes, obesity, (11) ___________________, and depression. Dr Sullivan said: "It's important to learn what is keeping people from getting the rest they need so we can help (12) ___________________ better health."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Itwillbenogreatsurprisetomothersthatanewstudyconfirmsthatmom
s(andmums)getlesssleepthanfathers.ResearchersintheUSAanalyze
ddataonthesleepinghabitsof5,800menandwomen.Theywantedtofin
doutwhataffectsadults'sleep.Theyfoundthathavingchildreninthehou
seleadstolesssleepformanymothers.Motherhoodgreatlyreducesthe
numberofhoursamothersleeps.Unsurprisingly,thishadanadverseeff
ectonherenergylevelsduringtheday.Thestudyfoundthatfathers'slee
premainedlargelyunaffectedbyhavingkidsinthehouse.Thestudysho
wsthatchildrenwerethebiggestcauseofmothersnotsleeping.DrKelly
Sullivansaideachchildincreasedawoman'sriskofnotsleepingby46%.
Nearlyhalfofmothersunder45saidtheygotsevenhoursofsleepanight,
comparedwith62%ofwomenofthesameagewithnokidsathome.Alack
ofsleepharmsourphysicalandmentalwell-being.Itincreasestheris
kofdiabetes,obesity,cardiovasculardisease,anddepression.DrSulliv
ansaid:"It'simportanttolearnwhatiskeepingpeoplefromgettingthere
sttheyneedsowecanhelpthemworktowardsbetterhealth."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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