Experts say women suffer from sleep disorders more than men

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Did you know women suffer from sleep disorders 40 percent more than men?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls it a public health epidemic. So what can you do about it, and why is it so prevalent?

Experts say it’s related to hormones, pregnancy and menopause, which cause insomnia to be more more common in women than men.

That doesn’t mean a good night’s sleep isn’t impossible for women. It just means you may have to make some slight adjustments to your typical evening plan.

Healthy sleep tips for women, as provided by SleepFoundation.org, advise maintaining a cool bedroom, which is more conducive to better sleep.

Avoid stimulating substances several hours before bedtime, such as caffeine and nicotine.

Limit noise as much as possible or mask the noise with a white noise device.

Limit light exposure as much as possible. Even a dim light can disrupt sleep.

Lastly, maintain a consistent bedtime routine. This allows the body to anticipate and prepare or bedtime.

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