This shouldn’t surprise anyone at all. There’s a new report that confirms parents are sleeping less but definitely drinking more during the holiday reason. According to a new study by an alarm clock app company from Sweden, the holiday season is oftentimes the most stressful time of the year for many moms and dads. While a lot of people consider it to be a time spent with family while sharing peace, love, and joy (along with plenty of good food), getting everything prepared and ready on time can feel exhausting. Even though many kids are on school break during Christmas and New Year’s, parents find themselves sleeping less just because they are trying to tie all of the loose ends before Christmas Day.
In other words, they want to cross off their shopping lists (while checking it twice), wrap all of their presents, decorate the house, and get their holiday dinners and brunches prepared.
With so much work to get done, it’s no wonder that parents are drinking more just so they can let go of some of the holiday stress they feel each year. Sleep Cycle surveyed more than 1,000 adults and teenagers about their sleep and drinking habits during the holiday. Here are the results: 53 percent of parents will lose sleep during the holidays because of stress, compared to 23 percent non-parents. Another 66 percent of parents will stay up late shopping online for holiday gifts. This, in turn, leads to more sleepless nights, while only 37 percent on non-parents do the same.
But here’s where it gets interesting. When it comes to the drinking part, parents admit that the number one reason that they drink more is because of seasonal parties and get togethers. There’s also a good percentage of parents who admit that they also hit the wine bottle more than they should because of the stress that comes with dealing with other family members.
And while there doesn’t seem to be a solution to all of these sleepless, drinking nights, parents can keep one thing in mind: it will all be over the day after New Year’s Eve!