Most women do not get enough sleep. However, with so much on their plates, it is imperative that they do. Getting enough quality sleep can have positive benefits to physical, mental, and emotional health and can significantly improve quality of life.
And Dr. Sabrina Magid-Katz helps people get that sleep!
Magid-Katz is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine who gives lectures to dental societies about screening for sleep apnea. She practices general dentistry at Advanced Dentistry of Westchester in Harrison, New York where she also screens for and treats obstructive sleep apnea.
Magid-Katz has provided an exclusive Q & A for EmpowHER about why sleep is so important, why women aren’t getting enough of it, and what everyone can do about it!
Why is sleep important?
Sleep is a time for cell regeneration and memory consolidation. Sleep is important for your mental, physical and emotional health.
Sleep deprivation or poor quality of sleep can have immediate consequences, such as car accidents, and can contribute to chronic health problems. It can affect how you learn, think, work and react to people. It is important to note that it is not just the amount of sleep that matters but the quality of sleep.
Are there sleep disorders that are more common with women?
Women are more likely than men to have insomnia and report daytime sleepiness. Among other causes, this can be related to hormone fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy or menopause.
Hormonal changes may also be associated with weight gain contributing to obstructive sleep apnea, which is a condition where the soft tissues of the mouth and throat block one’s airway and breathing for periods. An estimated 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, including one in four women over the age of 65.
Younger women are not exempt from risk either.