Women are more likely than men to have difficulty falling and staying asleep and to experience more daytime sleepiness on a weekly basis. Research has shown that too little sleep results in problems concentrating, poor performance on the job and in school, and possibly, increased sickness and weight gain.
Biological conditions unique to women, like the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause, can affect the quality of sleep. This is because the changing levels of hormones that a woman experiences throughout the month and over her lifetime, like estrogen and progesterone, have an impact on sleep. Understanding the effects of these hormones and addressing environmental factors and lifestyle habits can help women enjoy a good night’s sleep.
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