Parents Getting Insufficient Sleep Risk Injury and More According to OnlineSchools.com Infographic

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According to a 2007 study by WebMD.com, 40 percent of single mothers report not getting enough sleep compared to only 15 percent of married women with no children who report the same. While a lack of sleep could be attributed to the increased responsibilities of being a parent, both moms and dads face many risks when taking on the world with a tired brain.

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We hope this not only makes parents more aware of the dangers of losing sleep, but that they also follow the tips to avoid it.

OnlineSchools.com, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched “Help, My Parents are Zombies!” an infographic that focuses on the importance of sleep in a parent’s daily routine. The infographic shows that parents get less sleep than similar individuals who don’t have kids, something that can cause interruption in daily activity such as mood swings and impaired memory. The infographic highlights information from expert sources including the FDA, WebMD.com and Harvard University.

"Sometimes we parents get so caught up in our responsibilities that we don't even realize how little sleep we’re getting,” said Seth Restaino, OnlineSchools.com spokesperson. “Unfortunately this can also come with some dangerous risks when it comes to things like driving.”

In fact, 100,000 automobile accidents happen each year as a result of people falling asleep at the wheel. To avoid being a part of this statistic, many adults turn to coffee for an energy boost. However, what they don’t realize is that coffee can end up hurting their ability to sleep. As the infographic explains, the body takes between eight and 10 hours to break down the majority of the caffeine in a single five ounce cup of coffee, so timing one’s coffee or caffeine consumption can be important.

“We hope this not only makes parents more aware of the dangers of losing sleep, but that they also follow the tips to avoid it,” said Restaino. “Speaking for myself, I’ll be cutting out my late afternoon coffee and going to sleep earlier, right around when my one-month-old does.”

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About OnlineSchools.com
Launched in 2011, OnlineSchools.com provides a comprehensive directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. OnlineSchools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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