Women More Likely Than Men to Be Sleep Deprived

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There are many factors that cause women to be more sleep-deprived than men. But a new pill claims to address sleeplessness no matter what the cause.

There are many factors that cause women to be more sleep-deprived than men. But a new pill claims to address sleeplessness no matter what the cause.

Women are especially vulnerable to chronic sleep deprivation, according to Dr. Sherry Duwe, clinical director for The Sleep and Mood Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Because of several factors that affect women, such as menstruation, menopause, as well as constant worry and the need for perfection, they are more likely than men to be unable to get the amount or quality of sleep they need.

Dr. Duwe noted that the typical woman in today’s society is always on the go and tends to juggle many different tasks, such as kids, work, and household duties, among others. For these women, it is a problem of not enough hours in the day to get everything done; thus they spend time being busy and awake when they should be winding down and falling asleep.

For many other women, Duwe pointed out, the lack of sleep is not so much determined by the woman herself, but by her hormones. Problems that occur with menopause, like hot flashes, night sweats, and just plain sleeplessness, have been combated in previous years by hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Of course, with the recent news of the dangers of HRT, most women are opting to just ride out their menopause symptoms, and their sleep is compromised because of it.

In addition, a normal and healthy woman could find herself having problems with sleep simply because of menstruation pain and hormone changes. Tossing and turning all night because of cramps or a headache is not uncommon for many women.

There are many factors that can affect one’s sleep patterns. One company called Selmedica Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee claims to have formulated a dietary supplement that will help with sleeplessness no matter what the cause. Their new product, Diavad, uses the power of herbs to help the body achieve the balance needed to maintain a healthy, normal sleep pattern, says a company spokesman.

For more information about sleeplessness, please visit http://www.diavad.com.

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