Moms and Sleep Meds
Mothers are rolling around sleepless across America, vexed and worried as they mentally scroll through their massive To-Do lists in the wee hours of the morning, growing still wearier with each passing night of sleep deprivation.
A growing number of women are turning to sleeping pills and/or anti-anxiety medication as a solution, reported the New York Times.
The National Sleep Foundation has found that nearly 3 in 10 American women admit to using some kind of sleep aid at least a few nights a week, and according to the article, more than 15 million women were prescribed sleeping pills last year.
Writing in the blog Mommyish, Shawna Cohen asked, “Not to be all cynical but, uh, this is news to us? Any mom can tell you about sleepless nights. Hell, you don’t even need to have a baby to be sleep-deprived; pregnancy alone will usually do the trick.”
Cohen added: “If you ask me, women in general are stressed out trying to balance demanding careers with social/family life. Add children into the equation and, well, who has time to sleep?”
Journalist Shannon Kelley echoed these sentiments on Open Salon. “In a word: Unshocking.” “My question is, how is it that men aren’t similarly affected,’ Kelley asked pondering whether the issue of sufficient sleep is a “feminist” issue.
What do you think? Do moms seem to have more have trouble sleeping?