Sleep May Be Gender Based

Although most men and women need about 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night, their sleep patterns are generally different. Women often sleep more than men and experience a lighter sleep that is more easily disrupted. Many women have undiagnosed sleep disorders.

Problems that can disrupt women’s sleep include depression, major life events such as:  divorce, pregnancy, hormonal changes related to menopause, sleep disorders and medical problems like arthritis, back pain, and fibromyalgia.

Research shows that men often lose sleep over job-related stress. Men also tend to take sleep for granted and stay up longer than they should. Additional stressors that cause men to lose sleep include life issues, medical problems like epilepsy and heart disease, sleep disorders, substance abuse, and depression.

If you believe you need professional advice about your lack of sleep, a good idea is to maintain a sleep diary for about a week. This will help your doctor get an accurate picture of your sleep history. Your doctor might recommend prescription medication, a device to keep your air passageways open, or a weight-loss plan, based on your individual symptoms and needs.

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