Why do women suffer more with insomnia?

Stress, anxiety or depression are leading causes of insomnia and may be why you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep during the pandemic.

(Alice Broster/ Forbes) — It’s recommended that a healthy adult gets seven to nine hours of sleep every night. However, for some people, that’s a distant dream rather than a frequent reality. Many things can contribute to you losing sleep. You may have had to adapt under the stressful circumstances of Covid-19 which has meant you’ve lost some shut-eye over the last three months.

However, for some people staying up all night is something they really suffer with all of the time. Studies have shown that women are more likely to suffer from sleep problems and insomnia and finding tailored treatments may be the way forward. There are a number of sleep disorders and problems but insomnia is the most common. It’s described as an inability to go to sleep, waking up too early or feeling unrested after sleep for at least three nights a week for at least three months. It can be split into primary and secondary insomnia.

Primary insomnia is a disorder and isn’t a symptom of another condition. Secondary insomnia is a side effect of another health problem. Most people with chronic insomnia usually experience it because of other health conditions. The Office on Women’s Health states that one in four women have trouble falling or remaining asleep. It’s more common in older women than men. (…)

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