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The team of experts also examined past papers to understand the sleep gap between genders. Women had across given low ratings for their sleep quality as opposed to men. It was also reported that women noted more fluctuations in sleep quality corresponding to changes in period cycles.

Polls also found that 53% of women get anxious at night during their periods, which makes them wake up during the night due to pain or fear of leaks.

New Delhi: According to a study, women are more likely to suffer from insomnia than men. Research says they are 60% more likely to experience insomnia. Additionally, their sleep quality is said to be poorer than men’s, and this is backed by studies published in the last decade. The team of researchers from Harvard, Stanford, and Southampton University included only women and they reckoned that women’s worse sleep quality is blamed on their internal clock which runs six minutes faster than that of men. Over time, this is likely to be noticeably out of sync with the environment thereby wreaking havoc on the internal processes which make the brain tell the body that they should feel sleepy.

What makes women more prone to insomnia?

The six-minute difference is likely to be small but significant. The misalignment between the central body clock and the sleep-wake cycle is five times larger in women than in men. Over days, weeks, and months, the difference can become more prominent. The results of this study were published in Sleep Medicine Reviews and the paper suggests that a person’s biological clock must be considered when treating metabolic disorders, sleep, and circadian rhythm problems.

The team of experts also examined past papers to understand the sleep gap between genders. Women had across given low ratings for their sleep quality as opposed to men. It was also reported that women noted more fluctuations in sleep quality corresponding to changes in period cycles. Polls also found that 53% of women get anxious at night during their periods, which makes them wake up during the night due to pain or fear of leaks.

Poor sleep quality is also associated with depressive disorders and anxiety, which is twice as common in women as in men. However, it is still unclear why insomnia is more common in women than in men. There is also a heightened possibility of restless leg syndrome (RLS) in women – 25-50% higher. This condition of the nervous system is characterised by crawling sensations in the legs and an urge to fidget at night. This condition can make sleeping more difficult.

On the other hand, as per the review, men are three times more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnoea wherein breathing starts and stops mid-way during sleep. Also, the level and pace at which melatonin is released in the body influence the same.

What are the causes of insomnia?

Some of the most common causes of insomnia are:

  1. Noise
  2. Light
  3. Jet lag
  4. Stress, depression, anxiety
  5. Too hot or cold room
  6. Shift working
  7. Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine
  8. Uncomfortable bed

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