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

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

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