Women Needs To Sleep More
Women Needs To Sleep More : Sleep deprivation hit Laurel hard for years before she realized what was wrong. In the middle of the night, she would wake up worrying about work, finances, and scheduling. Unable to fall back to sleep, she got out of bed and worked on her computer in the kitchen for hours while her husband and three children snoozed soundly upstairs.
Typically, she was logging only five or six hours of sleep a night. The 37-year-old from Marshfield, Mass., says the sleepless nights began after the birth of her youngest child and got worse after she was laid off during her maternity leave and started her own business in late 2007.
“My health and emotional well-being definitely suffered,” she says, recalling that she often complained of stress, frequent colds, and joint pain (she was eventually diagnosed with arthritis). Her doctor told her too many sleepless nights were aggravating her symptoms and ordered her to stop working during the wee hours.
May affect women‘s quantity and quality of sleep:
- Sleep disturbances during pregnancy due to excess weight and position of the fetus.
- Difficulty sleeping during menopause due to hot flashes.
- Being woken up and moved around on the bed by the partner. (Men tend to be larger than women)
- Worrying about problems and losing sleep as a result.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends combating insomnia by getting regular exercise, setting routine bed and wake times, limiting caffeine and alcohol intake, and improving the sleep environments.
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