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This news might not come as great surprise to mothers, but new study confirms that moms (and mums) get less sleep than fathers. Researchers at Georgia Southern University in USA analyzed data on sleeping habits and patterns of nearly 3,000 women and 3,000 men. They wanted to get to bottom of what affects adults' sleep. The researchers discovered that having children in house leads to sleep deprivation in many mothers. Motherhood significantly reduced number of hours mother slept each night. Unsurprisingly, this had adverse effect on mothers' energy levels and tiredness during day. The study found that fathers' sleep remained largely unaffected by having kids in house.

study reveals that children were biggest cause of mothers being sleep deprived. Dr Kelly Sullivan, co-author of report, said each child increased woman's risk of getting insufficient sleep by 46 per cent. In addition, 48 per cent of mothers under 45 reported getting average of seven hours of sleep night, compared with 62 per cent of women of same age who did not have children at home. Dr Sullivan said lack of sleep negatively impacts physical and mental well-being. It increases risk of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and depression. She added: "It's important to learn what is keeping people from getting rest they need so we can help them work towards better health."

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