Is it True that Women Are At Higher Risk to Sleep Disorders?

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  1. Marvin123

    Marvin123 New Member

    Is it True that Women Are At Higher Risk to Sleep Disorders?

    Yes, it is true that women are at higher risk to sleep disorder than men. Women are two times as likely to suffer from sleep disorders, such as falling and staying asleep, than men. Many reasons are to be examined.

    The clinical definition of a sleep disorder is “an unsettling pattern of sleep that may include difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at unsuitable times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep”.

    There are four categories of sleep disorders:
    Insomnia
    Hypersomnia
    Sleeping disruptive disorders
    Having trouble sticking to a normal sleep pattern
    Factors Responsible For Sleep Disorders in Women

    There are many factors that may have impact the ordinary sleep cycle for women. Changes in hormone levels, stress, lifestyle illness, and sleep environment, pregnancy and hormone fluctuations associated with menstrual cycles, premenstrual sleep disturbances, psychosocial stress, depression, and anxiety have all been named as causes.

    Pain, grief, and worry can disturb sleep, as can certain medical conditions, medications, and breathing disorders, in menopausal and postmenopausal women.
    Pregnancy

    Pregnancy, which of course only affects women, causes a whole host of sleep-disturbing symptoms. Some pregnant mothers are faced with their first introduction to sleep apnea during pregnancy. A lack of oxygen can become a real problem for mother and child and can cause low birth weight in newborns.

    Frequent urination, fetal movements, heartburn, general discomfort, low back pain, snoring, leg cramps, nightmares, and sleep apnea are all part of pregnancy and can keep a mommy to be from getting her much needed shut-eye. Men, of course, do not have these issues to worry about.

    Some more useful resource...http://www.sleepdisordersguide.com/blog/

    Marvin.
  2. Marvin123

    Marvin123 New Member

    Women who, traditionally and culturally, wear many hats generally get affected with psychological stress. Women fill the role of wife & mother, caregiver for aging parents, and employee which can cause inadequate sleep and sleep deprivation.

    Over 66% of persons with nocturnal sleep-related disorder are women. Throughout the night, patients eat food while they appear asleep. Patients with this situation report not remembering their nighttime eating. It can be caused by medications or other sleep disorders.

    Sleep disorders are more common in older women but affect women of all ages. Most, if not all of these matters, will not affect men.
  3. Marvin123

    Marvin123 New Member

    <a href="http://www.sleepdisordersguide.com/blog/night-sweats/menopause-and-night-sweats/"> Menopause and Night sweats</a>

    Night sweats means sweating during the night. Women over the age of forty often experience night sweats. Night sweats are common in menopausal women because of the decrease in estrogen hormone levels. But it is not true that night sweats should be present in all menopausal women compulsorily.

    Due to the estrogen deficiency, your hormones levels fluctuate. Your blood vessels expand and contract on an irregular basis. As the blood flow increases, a feeling of heat and flush starts on the face, neck and chest. Your body temperature increases and you may sweat and as the sweat evaporates you feel chilled and weak. Depending on the intensity of hot flash, you may feel tired, lose sleep, headache. Your body may become red as flash occurs.

    Marvin.
    [This Message was Edited on 01/13/2007]