Mums are doing double shifts – full time work, full time mothering. Free childcare simply encourages the problem, and mothers are paying the price – literally! This latest study adds to the existing research showing that mums are being ripped off by being told that getting back to work is more important than being a mother to their young children. We should be equipping families to allow them the choice to have a stay-home parent during those critical early years.
Working mums miss out on sleep
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.