With Mother’s Day approaching this Sunday, countless spouses and children are scrambling to buy the mom in their lives a special gift that shows their love and appreciation. Most moms will gifts like jewellery, flowers, clothes, beauty products, or a nice dinner, but as it turns out, that might not be what they want most. The truth is the gift mothers say they really want is actually free — some R&R and a good night’s sleep.
We surveyed 1,200 moms across the US and found the thing they really want for Mother’s Day is either “a good night’s sleep” (37%) “day off from parenting to relax” (26%).
Most moms just want a day to recover
The #1 thing moms want for Mother’s Day is more sleep
With 37% of mothers choosing a good night’s sleep and 26% saying what they want a day off from parenting to relax as their most desired Mother’s Day presents, it’s clear that what moms want more than anything is just to recuperate from the rigors of parenting. Many moms indicated they’d love to spend Mother’s Day sleeping in for as long as they’d like and capping off their day with a calm evening with their family.
Other popular gift choices with moms were a nice dinner date (13%), breakfast in bed (9%), and a gift card (7%).
New moms need sleep more than anyone else
60% of moms of children under the age of 2 chose “a good night’s sleep” as their most desired Mother’s Day present
While getting more sleep was the most popular gift among all mothers, new moms were especially excited about sleeping in on Mother’s Day. 3 out of 5 new moms passionately told us they need more sleep, which isn’t as studies have shown moms only average 4-5 hours of sleep per night during the first months of their baby’s life.
Many moms can’t remember the last time they slept a full 8 hours
31% of moms said they couldn’t remember the last time they got the recommended amount of sleep
In general, adults are supposed to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. However, many hard-working moms aren’t getting that amount of sleep on a regular basis, and nearly 1 in 3 can’t even remember the last time they got 8 hours of sleep in a single night! Only 27% of those surveyed said they regularly get around 8 hours of night per sleep, while the vast majority said they’d feel lucky to get 6 hours of sleep each night.
With so many moms not getting much sleep it’s not surprising that 73% of all those polled said they “regularly feel tired”.
Sleep Deprivation Poses Serious Problems
Moms are clearly at high risk of suffering from sleep deprivation, and the effects of not getting enough sleep go far beyond just feeling tired. There are many serious consequences of insufficient sleep, including mood disorders, memory loss, obesity, and increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, to list just a few.
There are some steps families can take to help mothers get more sleep:
- Set a schedule for going to sleep at the same time every night
- Avoid heavy meals, alcohol, and caffeine within a few hours of bedtime
- Create an environment conducive to getting a good night’s sleep — dark, cool (a cooling mattress is great for hot sleepers), and quiet
- Families can make sure mom has time to relax and unwind at the end of the day
Want to show mom how much you love her? Help her get a little more sleep this Mother’s Day (and every day!).
Chris was a psychiatrist and neurologist with board certification in sleep medicine Clinical Associate Professor at the University of California. For over 10 years, he served and helped patients at Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital with their sleeping disorders.
After suffered from sleep disorders for years, Chris has been passionate about sleep health ever since. He wants to help others sleep better and wanted to make the world of sleep easy to understand for everyday people.