Did you know men and women sleep differently? We all lead different lifestyles but having trouble sleeping tends to be a problem more women are experiencing than men. We’re breaking down some of the reasons why more women struggle with getting a good night’s rest!
One of the biggest effects on a woman’s sleep cycle is her hormone cycle. Women usually experience more hormone shifts than men. These shifts come about because of things like menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, and other hormonal shifts we face in our lifetime. These shifts often can cause discomfort during sleep and unwanted sleep interruptions such as hot flashes, night sweats and more. Other things like frequent urination, heartburn and acid flux also tend to affect more women than men thus leaving women with more sleepless nights.
Women also face more social dilemmas when it comes to getting a good night’s rest. Things like gender norms often pop up when discussing a woman’s sleep cycle. This is because mothers and caregivers are the ones who are often waking up in the middle of the night to care for other’s and young ones. Other stressors include things like career pressure, household management and other tasks that disproportionately fall onto women. These always present thoughts and worries tend to lead to stress which causes a worse sleep schedule.
Another roadblock that disrupts a woman’s sleep cycle could be a sleep disorder. Women are more likely to be diagnosed with insomnia than men. As well as women experience more symptoms of insomnia than men. This means that while men tend to only report one symptom of insomnia, women tend to report a more complex insomnia. The correlation usually is associated with hormones. Same with restless leg syndrome which also is more commonly associated with women. Restless leg syndrome commonly occurs during pregnancy which is why the disorder usually occurs in women rather than men. However, men are more likely to be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea which is a condition of lapsed breathing while asleep.
Whether its hormones or the hubbub of daily life interrupting your slumber you may be looking for relief. Practicing healthy habits like not eating close to bedtime and establishing a healthy nighttime routine can result in better sleep. Try taking a warm bath with our Serene Lavender bath bomb, taking a bath can help with relaxing your body and mind so that you can go to sleep comfortably. Some people also experience drowsiness when taking CBD so maybe adding a CBD gummy or tincture before bed could be helpful for you. Finding out what works for you body and keeping up healthy bedtime habits is a great way to try and promote a better sleep cycle.
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