*Yawn* Here at Healthy Mummy HQ, we know full well how tiring being a mum can be at times (after all, we are mums ourselves). There’s laundry, washing up to attend to, kids to drop off (and pick up), work to be done and some how time has to be spared for cooking, exercise, shopping, homework, lullabies and SLEEP!
Nonetheless, we have endeavoured to find out just how much energy our mums have after a disrupted night sleep and whether or not it’s affecting their mood, what they eat and their sex lives.
Here’s what we found out thanks to the 3,000+ mums who participated in our BIG ENERGY SURVEY!
How tired mums feel when they’re tired
We were surprised to find out JUST how tired mums are feeling – and how it affects so many aspects of their lives.
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How much sleep do mums have each night
The Healthy Mummy surveyed 3,164 mums about how many hours a night they sleep on average.
We found that 59 per cent revealed they sleep between five to seven hours a night.
20 per cent said they slept between three to five hours a night, while 18 per cent say they get more than seven and just over one per cent get less than 3 hours.
How mums feel when they wake up
Not surprisingly 71 per cent of mums said they felt tired and groggy when they woke up and 13 per cent revealed they felt irritable upon waking up in the mornings.
7 per cent said they felt happy and refreshed. However, 6 per cent of mums say they don’t take any notice of how they feel in the morning.
How mums rate their sleep
28 per cent rated their sleep as good with no disruption. However more than 50 per cent revealed they were woken a few times throughout the night but generally slept okay.
Over 3 per cent said they had an amazing night sleep and 16 per cent described their sleep as ‘horrible’.
How mums are woken up in the morning?
32 per cent of mums were woken up by their alarms, 28 per cent woke to attend to their baby crying, while 24 per cent were woken by their kids coming into the bedroom.
Interestingly, only 14 per cent wake up naturally!
Mums say their too tired for sex
60 per cent of mums said in the survey that they are ALWAYS too tired for sex, with another 26 per cent saying they are sometimes too tired for sex.
7 per cent of mums say they’re not too tired for sex, 5 per cent say they are rarely too tired for sex.
Mums feel cranky when tired
65 per cent of mums say they feel cranky when they’re tired. 31 per cent say they sometimes felt cranky when tired and one per cent said they rarely felt cranky.
Mums are more likely to deter from their healthy eating plan when tired
It’s interesting to note that tiredness doesn’t just make mums cranky and not want to have sex, it also seems to interfere with their eating habits.
42 per cent revealed they eat take away, as it’s easier when they’re tired. An additional 35 say they’re too tired to cook at all.
However, 14 per cent say they meal prep healthy food in order to stop them from eating junk food. 7 per cent say tiredness doesn’t make them eat badly.
Mums crave sugar when tired
Maybe it’s for the energy boost, but those who were surveyed revealed they are more likely to reach for sugary treats when they’re struggling to function due to tiredness.
48 per cent say they usually crave sugary food, 46 per cent says sometimes they do and only five per cent say they never feel tired.
Mums eat more in general when they feel tired
46 per cent of mums say they sometimes eat more when tired while 29 per cent say they always eat more when tired.
17 per cent never eat more and 6 per cent say they rarely eat more. Lucky them!
How much tea and coffee do mums drink every day?
43 per cent of mums have between 1-2 cups of tea and coffee a day, 16 per cent have 2-4 cups a day, while 3 per cent have more than 4 cups and 37 per cent of mums don’t have coffee and tea daily.
Over the counter medication and herbal supplements to help her stay awake
67 per cent of mums have never resorted to herbal remedies or medication to help rid them of their tiredness.
Meanwhile, 15 per cent use herbal supplements, 11 per cent have tried over the counter medication and 6 per cent have tried both medication and herbal supplements.
Mums feel too tired to exercise
64 per cent of mums reveal they sometimes feel too tired to exercise, with 21 per cent saying they ALWAYS feel too tired to exercise.
What’s more, 8 per cent say they’re rarely too tired to exercise and 4 per cent say they’re never too tired to exercise.
Mums feels more energetic after they exercise
But no matter how tired our mums are, 54 per cent feel more energetic after exercise. 39 per cent say they sometimes feel more energetic after exercise.
3 per cent say they’re rarely too tired to exercise and 1 per cent say they’re never too tired to exercise.
It seems the general consensus is that mums are tired and this can affect their ability to exercise, eat well, have sex and be in a general overall good mood on some days.
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