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Mom's Lack of Sleep Hitting the Pocketbook?

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It will come as no surprise to moms that new research shows that women are two and a half times more likely than men to interrupt their sleep in order to care for others, reports the Washington Post. What may surprise you... it can affect your earning power.

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The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, found that once they're awakened, women are awake longer -- 44 minutes, compared to 30 minutes for men, and the study suggests the lack of sleep can interfere with your success at work.

The study focused on adults in their 20s and 30s -- which is both the prime childbearing age and a typical time for career and salary growth.

"People are getting up for other things, too. We found that men are checking to make sure the door is locked, and especially older men are getting up to use the bathroom. But more women are specifically getting up to care for dependents -- that includes feeding, tending to physical or medical care, and especially for young children," says the study's lead researcher, Sarah Burgard.

"Poor sleep quality manifests quickly: You're unable to focus... it's a real limitation," says Brugard, adding that "the child-rearing responsibilities may be slanted at first due to breastfeeding," but "Then the responsibilities are never renegotiated."

Momlogic wants to know: Do you think a mother's lack of sleep has a direct influence on her career and salary?

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Deborah Hamilton March 21, 2011, 3:40 AM

Regardless of what you all may believe, you never stop being a mother. Whether they are an infant, or in their 20’s. The lack of sleep continues. I am 43, with a grandchild, that my son fathered at 18. My grandson was born with Beckers disease, which is a form of MD. He will not feel the effects from this disease until hes in his early 20’s, but the fact of the matter is, he will. His moms dad has this disease also, so to put this plain and simple, I work full time and try and help my son and her family, especially my grandson, as much as I can. I have been on the grave yard shift for almost 17 yrs. There are days I only get two hours of sleep, if not any. My finances used to be in order. Paid everything on time. That was before I knew I was going to have to watch my grandson live a healthy normal life, then one day, watch it all be taken from him. I see thru his grandfather what he is going to heve to endure. I cannot bring myself to accept this. My house has fallen apart, especially financially, because of the lack of sleep I get from either doing for everyone else, or having all of this weigh on my mind. I have never been in this much debt or been so relaxed when it came to paying bills. We have the money to pay them, usually, but I dont have the energy to take the time to open my mail and pay them.

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