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GauginFan, I'm sorry to hear about your insomnia as it is such an influencing factor on one's quality of life. And to help answer your question ... yes, it appears that women do suffer more insomnia in men, although I found that the rates vary.

You are definitely not alone in your battle for a good night's sleep. Millions of women suffer from ongoing sleep disorders.

It's believed that insomnia typically occurs in association with hormonal changes such as menopause or just before the onset of a woman's menstrual cycle. Women are more likely to have major depression and anxiety disorders, which are also associated with insomnia.

Other factors that can affect a woman's sleep are:

* Life events
* Illness
* Bad sleep habits
* Medication use

In addition to insomnia, women also have other issues related to sleep such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which is much more common in postmenopausal women. Estrogen may help women with OSA.

And the American Society of Sleep Medicine says that fibromyalgia -- another condition influencing restful sleep.

"Eighty percent of people with fibromyalgia are women. It peaks between the ages of 50 and 70 years. Widespread pain related to fibromyalgia can make it hard to sleep well. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) and sleep related leg cramps are more common as women age. But this increase is not linked directly to menopause."

You may find the following articles helpful in dealing with your insomnia:

Natural ways to deal with insomnia

Nap pods

Possible solutions for dealing with insomnia

Have you tried establishing bed time rituals to help you relax more such as drinking tea or avoiding violent television shows or video games? Have you ever seen a doctor about your insomnia?

January 1, 2009 - 7:11am


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