Women: Admit It, You’re Tired
Hey, weary-eyed women, it’s official: Most of you don’t get enough sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2007 Sleep in America poll.
Women’s biology, propensity toward anxiety and depression, and busy lives could explain why, says James K. Wyatt, PhD, director of the Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center at Rush University Medical Center and a national spokesperson for the poll.
“Sleep is the first thing women sacrifice,” Wyatt says. “And work is the last.”
Who is affected most? According to the poll, 72 percent of working moms report symptoms of insomnia, while 74 percent of stay-at-home moms struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Working, single women spend the least amount of time in bed overall, and women who share their beds with pets or children have the most disrupted sleep.
So what’s a girl to do besides make the dog sleep on the floor? Most women rely on caffeine and sleep aids.
But a better approach, according to Wyatt and the Sleep Foundation, is to create a relaxing bedtime routine, avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime, and make your bedroom as cool and dark as possible.
If these steps don’t provide relief, speak with your primary care doctor and then, if needed, seek help from a sleep disorders center, Wyatt says.
Learn more about your sleep problems, have an interactive conversation about your sleep patterns.
Read what Dr. Wyatt says about the importance of sleep to maintaining good health in “Protecting Your Health, Enhancing Your Sleep.”
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Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is home to the world-class Sleep Disorders Services and Research Center, where we take a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The center includes specialists in pulmonary medicine, neurology and psychology, who are all board-certified in sleep medicine. The center is nationally known for its leadership in the field of both sleep medicine and research.
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