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Women & Sleep Disorders: Not Getting Enough Zzzzs?

Do you go through each day bleary-eyed and feeling like you just don’t have enough energy to make it through the day? You are not alone.

About three-quarters of women ages 30 to 60 who were surveyed by the National Sleep Foundation said they do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night. Women surveyed reported more trouble sleeping and more frequent daytime sleepiness than men.

While one or two nights of inadequate sleep are not cause for concern, repeated sleeplessness could lead to other health problems.

“In addition to causing fatigue, a sufficient lack of sleep can raise a person’s stress level, cause irritability and make symptoms associated with PMS and menopause even worse,” said Carol Ash, DO, medical director for Sleep for Life, Inc. “It also can weaken the immune system and therefore make you more susceptible to getting sick.”
Help Yourself Sleep
If you regularly have trouble sleeping, try these tips for a good night’s rest:
  • Stick to a regular schedule for sleeping, walking and eating.
  • Avoid frequent daytime naps; they may disrupt sleep at night.
  • Relax before going to bed.
  • Make your bedroom a comfortable place for sleep.
  • Leave the bedroom if you cannot sleep.
  • Exercise regularly, but not within a few hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid or limit caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, especially before bedtime.
Can You Sleep Too Much?
Although some of us need more sleep than others, sleeping late in the morning or frequent napping during the day may indicate a serious illness, such as depression or a sleep disorder. Narcolepsy, a central nervous system disorder, causes people to fall asleep unpredictably during the day. So does sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that frequently is signaled by night snoring.

If you suspect that you may have a sleep disorder, contact your physician. A sleep study may be recommended to determine the cause of your sleeping problems.