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SleepBetter Sleepy Parents Index

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Who is Sleepier?

Every second Sunday in May, children of all ages come together to celebrate the mothers and the women who have raised them. About one month later, we honor the men who have played such a large part in our lives. SleepBetter decided to take a look at moms and dads, and calculate who gets more sleep.

 

As you can see in the table below, moms get shortchanged when it comes to shuteye, getting nearly one-and-a-half more days of inadequate sleep per month than dear old dad!

Avg. days inadequate sleep per month% of adults receiving inadequate sleep more than 1/2 the time
Mothers & Female Caretakers10.525.9
Fathers & Male Caretakers9.121.2

We also broke out the data by state. How does your state rank? Below are the top five, ranked by the residents with the most days of inadequate sleep per month. Click to view all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

RankMale Parents & CaretakersFemale Parents & Caretakers
StateAvg. days inadequate sleep per month% of adults receiving inadequate sleep more than 1/2 the timeStateAvg. days inadequate sleep per month% of adults receiving inadequate sleep more than 1/2 the time
1West Virginia11.627.7Missouri12.333.7
2Kentucky11.427.6West Virginia12.231.1
3New Hampshire10.426.9Ohio12.131.5
4Massachusetts10.425.5Kentucky12.129.6
5Delaware10.225.1Maryland11.630.7

Finally, we broke the data out by media market. Below are the top five, ranked by the residents with the most days of inadequate sleep per month. You can view our list of the top 25 media markets by clicking here.

RankMale Parents & CaretakersFemale Parents & Caretakers
MarketAvg. days inadequate sleep per month% of adults receiving inadequate sleep more than 1/2 the timeTelevision MarketAvg. days inadequate sleep per month% of adults receiving inadequate sleep more than 1/2 the time
1Boston (Manchester)11.026.3St. Louis12.632.6
2Indianapolis10.326.9Philadelphia12.031.4
3Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota)10.326.5Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)11.728.7
4Philadelphia10.325.0Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota)11.530.4
5Dallas-Ft. Worth10.224.5Boston (Manchester)11.427.8

For more on the Sleepy Parents Index, read our news release.

Index Methodology: The data used to develop the indices above were drawn from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS), a telephone survey that collects information on the health behaviors of more than 350,000 adults in the U.S. These data were derived from responses to the question, “During the past 30 days, for about how many days have you felt you did not get enough rest or sleep?” on the most recent survey in which that question was asked (2010). An indicator was created to help define mothers and fathers, as it relates to the BRFSS questionnaire – respondent with children under the age of 18 in shared household. Two sleep indicators were created – the average number of days per month adults reported receiving adequate sleep and the percentage of adults reporting adequate sleep less than half the time. The combined values of those indicators were used to create the SleepBetter.org Sleepy Parents Index.