Parents get up earlier than most Americans

Linley SandersData Journalist
October 14, 2019, 2:00 PM GMT+0

America’s parents start their day early: A majority of parents with children under 18-years-old wake up by 6 a.m. (56%), compared with just 37 percent of non-parents, according to a YouGov survey on American’s typical daily routine.

In addition to getting up earlier than non-parents, these parents also hit the snooze button a lot more frequently: 65 percent of parents with kids under 18 hit the snooze button at least once compared to 49 percent of Americans without kids.

But parents of minors aren’t going to bed any earlier than the typical American or non-parents, despite the early rise and affinity for the snooze button. A majority (57%) of these parents told YouGov that they go to bed between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., which is similar to the number of US Adults (57%) and non-parents (54%) that fall asleep between those hours.

One-third of Millennials (33%) are night owls who go to bed between midnight and 2 a.m. compared with nearly a quarter (24%) of US adults overall.

In addition to parents getting an early start on the day, a majority of women (55%) are waking up between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Half (50%) of men say the same. Three in ten Americans (30%) who commute to work leave for the office between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. One-third (33%) of individuals who commute to work leave the office and head home between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The same survey on America’s common routines discovered that among Americans who regularly eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the most common window for eating breakfast is between 8 a.m.and 9 a.m. (36%) and 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. for lunch (62%). The dinner bell tends to ring between 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (48%).

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Methodology: Total unweighted sample size was 1,272 US adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (ages 18+). Interviews were conducted online between September 11 - 12, 2019.

See the full survey results here

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