The pandemic has accelerated insomnia problems among the population. And it seems that women suffer more insomnia than men in general. A Sleep Foundation study reveals that 63% of women have this problem compared to 54% of men.
There are several causes that cause this problem among women, beyond the stress that the pandemic can generate.
The study attributes to hormonal problems the direct cause that women suffer more insomnia than men. Because they produce diversity of changes in mind and physique of them and in certain stages of life, such as pregnancy, when there are menstrual changes, in menopause, etc.
An article on CNN also highlights this problem. They emphasize, for example, that women have different levels of estrogen and progesterone than men, as established by Dianne Augelli, an expert sleep physician at the Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York, United States.
According to this expert, estrogen acts on different pathways of neutotransmitters that could have an effect on sleep regulation; Furthermore, progesterone may have a hypnotic property.
As we have highlighted, hormones are somewhat fired during menopause. And among the side effects of menopause are sweats, hot flashes, dizziness, headaches and also a lower quality of our sleep.
Stage of pregnancy
It is another stage where, despite the fact that women may be more tired, there is a kind of nocturnal insomnia also caused by hormonal changes. This does not affect all women equally.
CNN highlights that women suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Restless legs syndrome when they are pregnant due to hormonal changes, among other problems.
Restless legs syndrome becomes a problem that affects both men and women, but it seems that they take it worse. And this makes it difficult to rest at night.
This disease affects many people of different ages equally. Because even if one is very tired from this stressful situation, one can fall asleep at the moment but then waking up several times a night or not stinging an eye.
Worries and excessive attention for wanting to sleep make the result worse. So we are going to need help to alleviate these situations.