According to a recent survey conducted by Expert Reviews, parents in Great Britain who have teenagers struggle as much with their sleep as those with children under 4.

The survey found that:

  • 60% of parents with children aged 4 years and under and 60% of parents with 17- to 18-year-olds say they don’t get enough sleep.
  • 51% of parents get less than seven hours of sleep compared to 39% of adults without children.

Parents of 17-18 year olds and 0-4 year olds equally agree that they do not get sufficient sleep. Sixty percent of both groups disagree with the statement “‘I get enough sleep.” 

Contrary to the expectation that a parent’s sleep improves as their children grow up, the survey reveals that parents continue to struggle with sleep, no matter how old their children are. 

The National Health Service states that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Fifty-one percent of parents fail to meet these requirements compared to 39% of adults without children. 

The number of children living in the household also impacts how much sleep adults get. Adults living in larger households are more inclined to struggle with their sleep. 

Number of Children in Household% of Adults that Get Less Than 7 Hours of Sleep
044%
144%
252%
3+55%

Expert Reviews conducted this survey in November 2023. The sample size for the survey was 4,270 and is representative of all adults in Great Britain.

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