Women & Sleep Disorders Summary:
Sleep is important to functioning well during the day, and yet only half of all women get a good night's sleep just a few times a month. So, what causes this problem, and how can women improve their sleep?
Could you have a sleep disorder?
Common symptoms of a sleep disorder include: trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and extreme daytime sleepiness. Start a record of your sleep habits, and when and how much you sleep. Talk with your doctor or sleep specialist. If your partner snores, suggest they ask a doctor about sleep issues.
Are you experiencing body changes that affect your sleep?
- If you have hot flashes, cool the bedroom or try a wet washcloth on the back of your neck.
- If you are a woman sleeping less soundly as you get older, try using earplugs or adding background noise.
- If you are pregnant, limit liquids to prevent nocturnal urination, avoid foods that cause heartburn, try extra pillows for comfort, use compression socks for leg swelling and practice relaxation tips.
Do you have good sleep habits?
- Staying on the same schedule and keeping consistent sleep times help your body expect sleep.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks and nicotine products as they have an arousing effect.
- Avoid stimulating activities before bedtime like exercise, computers, phones and TVs.
- Create a sleep-inducing environment with a cool, dark, quiet bedroom. Earplugs, a fan or sound machine can help mask outside noise.
- Manage anxiousness by writing down what's on your mind. Reviewing your weekly schedule and planning ahead can remove anxiety.
There are many treatable health issues that can affect your sleep. If these tips do not help improve your sleep, talk with your doctor or sleep specialist.
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