Nearly a third of American women report never feeling well-rested after sleeping
Nearly one-third of US women report never feeling well-rested after sleep, compared to one-fifth of men, study finds
- More than 2,000 Americans, half of them women, were surveyed about how they felt after waking up for a week.
- Among women, 32 percent said they rarely felt well-rested, while among men it was 50 percent lower at 21 percent.
- Menstruation, worries about children and partners have previously been blamed for women struggling to get a good night’s sleep.
- CDC officials recommend that everyone get at least seven hours of sleep each night, though many fall short of that figure.
Women are 50 percent more likely to report that they still feel tired when they wake up each morning than men, according to a new study.
Researchers from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that a third of women report never feeling well-rested when they wake up, compared to about 20 percent of men.
Menstruation, worries about children and even restless partners have been blamed for making women more likely to suffer from a bad night’s rest.
The average person is recommended to get at least seven hours of sleep each night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But a third of Americans don’t get even that much.
More than 2,000 Americans, half of them women, were questioned by US experts about how they felt after sleeping over the course of a week (file photo)
How much sleep do I need each night?
The CDC says that all adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep a night.
But he estimates that about a third don’t get that much.
Children need more sleep, about 9 to 13 hours a night.
And toddlers and babies need it the most, from 12 to 17 hours.
Not getting enough sleep leaves someone at risk for the following conditions:
- Heart disease
The CDC says that those who struggle to fall asleep may be suffering from stress, depression, alcohol, caffeine, or sleeping in an uncomfortable bed, among other reasons.
In the survey, conducted by the research organization the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 2,000 participants, half of whom were women, answered questions about sleep quality.
They were asked, ‘how often do you wake up feeling well-rested’, and given five options to rate their sleep, between ‘never’ and ‘always’.
Overall, among the female participants, 326, or 32 percent, said they would rarely or never wake up feeling well-rested.
But only 21 percent of men, or 207, gave the same answer, a drop of more than 50 percent.
For comparison, 292 women (29 percent) said they typically wake up feeling well-rested.
But among men this reached two-fifths (417 respondents, 42 percent).
There are several theories as to why women struggle to sleep as well as men.
But an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, who was not involved in the survey, says it’s likely due to the menstrual cycle.
Dr. Sara Nowakowski, a sleep researcher at the school based in Waco, Texas, previously warned that this could trigger sleep problems.
Before a woman’s period begins, her levels of progesterone, a key hormone involved in the cycle, drop rapidly.
It can be due to signs like bloating, breast tenderness and muscle pain that keep someone up at night, she said, or due to mood swings that make a woman feel depressed, angry or irritable.
“The worst time for sleep and mood … is during the four to five days before your period to the first two days of your period,” Nowakowski said.
Other experts have suggested it could be due to concern for the children, noting that some mothers continue to wake up at night even when their children are asleep.
Dr. Michelle Drerup, a sleep psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, previously said CNN: ‘They have ‘mama ears’: they don’t sleep that soundly yet because they were used to responding to their baby.’
The expert also said someone’s partner could be to blame for their late-night fights, especially if they snore, twitch or sleepwalk.
“It means that, in most cases, one person is blissfully unconscious while the other is awake, angry,” he said.
AASM’s Dr. Seema Khosla told CNN, “There’s an incredible amount of pressure some women feel: the need to work, run a home and raise children, all with a smile.”
‘Sometimes, we have to put away our superhero capes. We need to get back to the pillars of health: nutrition, exercise and sleep.’