Women are less likely to get enough sleep and more likely to complain about daytime sleepiness than men, a new survey of U.S. residents found, UPI reported.
The online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults found that women are 1.5 times more likely than men to rarely or never wake up feeling well asleep - 32 percent versus 21 percent. In addition, sleepiness affects daily activities 81% of women compared to 74% of men.
The survey, commissioned by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), was conducted on 17-24 February.
"Some women are under incredible pressure - having to work, run a household and raise children, all with a smile on their face. Sometimes we need to put away our superhero capes. We need to get back to the pillars of health - nutrition, exercise and sleep," said North Dakota Sleep Center medical director Dr. Seema Khosla.
Experts recommend adhering to some of the rules necessary for getting a good night's sleep:
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends or during vacations.
- Make your bedroom quiet and peaceful and keep it a comfortable, cool temperature.
- Limit your exposure to bright lights in the evenings and turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
- Don't eat a lot of food before bedtime. If you get hungry in the evening, eat a light, healthy snack. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol before bedtime.
- Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.
- Don't go to bed if you don't want to sleep.
- If you don't fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed. Engage in a quiet activity without a lot of light until you feel sleepy.