Why is insomnia more common in women?

Waarom komt slapeloosheid vaker voor bij vrouwen?
Although statistically 1 in 3 of the world's population has a sleep disorder, it has been shown that women are more likely to suffer from insomnia than men. One in four women has symptoms related to insomnia.

What Are the Symptoms of Insomnia?

Regardless of your gender, these are the most common symptoms of insomnia:

  • Difficulty falling asleep at night
  • Waking up at night
  • Waking up too early
  • Not feeling well rested after a night's sleep
  • Tiredness or drowsiness during the day
  • Irritability, depression or anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating, focusing, or remembering things
  • Increased chance of making mistakes or causing accidents
  • Constant worry about sleep

At some point in your life, you probably suffer from short-term (acute) insomnia, which can last for days or weeks. However, many people have long-term (chronic) insomnia that lasts for a month or more. If this is the case with you, you should consult your doctor. This will refer you to a specialist.

So how do we deal with insomnia?

Statistically, we usually reach for:

Alcohol - alcohol can help you fall asleep, but it will prevent you from going into the deep sleep phase and waking up in the middle of the night. In addition, using alcohol to combat insomnia can lead to alcohol problems.

Sleeping pills - prescription sleeping pills can help you fall asleep. They can make you fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. However, doctors do not prescribe sleeping pills for more than a few weeks because they can be addictive. Prescription sleeping pills can also have side effects, such as drowsiness or dizziness.

Read before going to sleep - read a book, talk to people on the phone, check your social media or flip through photos. The blue light from smartphones slows down the production of melatonin, which is necessary for us to fall asleep.

So how should you deal with sleep problems? Follow our blog and recommendations to improve your sleep.

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