Who Sleeps Better: Men vs. Women
Scranton, PA – The differences between the genders can be a very confusing. However, I got the following email from a very nice young lady, so I thought I would go ahead and address her question.
I recently got married. My husband always seems more refreshed than I do in the morning, even though we get the same amount of sleep. Why is that and what can I do to fix this situation?
Penelope in Pittsboro, PA”
Well Penelope, you are not alone in your quest for more sleep. The Better Sleep Council found that most women are failing to get enough rest at night. The contributing factors can vary from stress to ailments to the wrong type of bedding.
In the battle of the sexes, men generally say they are more satisfied with sleep than women.
Women & Sleep
Some other interesting facts about women sleepers from the Better Sleep Council include:
- Divorced and Separated Women
Women who are divorced or separated were 9-points more likely than single women, and 6-points more likely than married women to say they get, at most, 5 hours of sleep a night.
- Non-Professional Women
Women who do not work outside the home were 8 points more likely than all other women to get less sleep than they need. Meanwhile, female business professionals aren’t tossing and turning – they’re among the most likely to get a good night’s sleep.
- Northeast and West Coast Women
Women living in the populous Northeast and West Coast have the more trouble sleeping than people in other regions.
Hispanic women were 5-points more likely than African American women and 14-points more likely than White women to report not getting enough sleep (27%-22%-13%, respectively).
How Women Can Get Better Sleep
So how do you beat the odds?
To fight stress blocking your sleep at night, try some relaxation exercises such as:
- Don’t read in bed. Your bed is only for two activities——-sleeping and making love.
- Write persistent thoughts and worries down in a notebook and then put them out of your mind. Review the notebook in the morning and take action if appropriate.
- Cut back on caffeine and alcohol.
A Cozy Bedroom
A cozy bedroom really does help you get a good night’s sleep.
- Dark – If you have light shining through from the street, or lots of gadgets blinking and pulsing in the night, get blackout curtains and put the devices elsewhere (or turn them off).
- Quiet – Do what you can to minimize noise. Try a white noise machine or foam earplugs if all else fails.
- Temperature – Some people sleep with a sheet in winter. Others use a comforter in summer. The point is, get comfortable. Even if you sleep with a partner, you can through off the blankets or add extra warmth to suit your own temperature preferences.
If you are experiencing sleep deprivation due to ailments, it is best to consult your doctor and let him/her know. They can help you decide what the best course of action will be.
Bedding refers to your mattress, box spring, pillows, sheets and covers.
Many (maybe most) people have a tired mattress. It’s tough to get a restful night’s sleep if you mattress is tired.
If your mattress is 5 or 6 years old, you may need a new one. If your mattress is 10 years old, you definitely need a new one.
Lots of new mattresses are available to get you the perfect night’s sleep including latex, low-partner disturbance beds and traditional box springs.
If bedding is your problem, come see me. I promise you I will do everything possible to help you sleep better!
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