Living standards improved, people became generally wealthier and healthier, and more people had children who survived to become adults rather than becoming hungry. England's population growth as a result brought about fresh issues. Whereas formerly only a small number of people had been wealthy because they owned property, now more did so as a result of industry. More, though, continued to live in subpar circumstances. Women and children were required to work long hours for meager wages. Several families are frequently crammed into tiny apartments. Family members would alternate sleeping shifts while working at various hours. Families frequently found it difficult to come together. Workdays of 12, 14, or even 18 hours were typical.