Survey: Parents sleep less and drink more during holidays

Posted: 11:27 AM, Dec 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-07 17:50:14Z
Survey: Parents sleep less and drink more during holidays

The holidays may be a time to catch up with old friends, visit with family and enjoy parties, but a new survey says for American parents it’s also a season of late nights and bad sleep.

In new survey data released from Sleep Cycle, it reveals a significant divide in the holiday experience depending on whether or not Americans have children. Data from the survey says American parents will be sleeping less, drinking more, and generally dealing with more “holiday stress” than their non-parent counterparts.

Among some of the key findings: 

  • 53 percent of American parents will lose sleep over the holidays due to “holiday stress” compared to just 23 percent of non-parents
  • 66 percent of parents will stay up late shopping for gifts online, compared to 37 percent of non-parents
  • On Christmas Eve, 44 percent of parents will wait until after 11 p.m. to put gifts under the tree, and most (70 percent) will get fewer than six hours of sleep
  • Two-thirds (66 percent) of parents will be up by 7 a.m. on Christmas morning
  • Meanwhile, more than half (51 percent) of non-parents will be sleeping until past 8 a.m. on Christmas morning, and 17 percent will sleep past 10 a.m.

The survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults and teens was conducted online by Propeller Research on behalf of Sleep Cycle in September 2018.

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