Did they really, really need to conduct this survey?
BALTIMORE, June 10 (UPI) — Mothers of twins seldom get the recommended full night’s sleep and often suffer from depression, U.S. researchers said.
A U.S. researcher found the mothers of twins sleep an average of 5.4 hours in a 24-hour period, rather than the recommended 7-8 hours. Almost half of the mothers reported mild to severe symptoms of depression.
“As primary caregivers for families, mothers caring for twins experience enormous workload, extreme exhaustion and limited time to meet their own needs,” study author Dr. Elizabeth Damato of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland said in a statement.
“Additionally, mothers of twins are likely to be caring for babies that are premature … Meeting the increased demands of two premature infants places mothers at risk for sleep deprivation.”
They’re depressed because they’re not getting any sleep. I’m sure you could get the same findings if you studied mothers (or fathers) of colicky babies as well.
I’ll give the survey authors another idea; mothers of twins who have a third child find that having a single baby after twins is much easier than having twins…