Stressed-Out American Women Have No Time for Sleep

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2007 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- More than half of American women (60 percent) say they only get a good night's sleep a few nights per week or less and 67 percent say they frequently experience a sleep problem. Additionally, 43 percent say that daytime sleepiness interferes with their daily activities, according to a new poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Women's lack of sleep affects virtually every aspect of their time-pressed lives, leaving them late for work, stressed out, too tired for sex and little time for their friends.

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Tango’s Take
This is not a purely a ‘relationships’ issue, per se. But sleep affects everything that we do, as we find in the first paragraph of the article. Sleep deprived women are ‘too tired for sex’. The article goes on to explain that stress and lack of sleep are not problems unique to high-powered business types. Stay-at-home moms suffer from insomnia and sleep issues to a very similar degree. Long-term lack of quality sleep eventually leads to health issues. The article breaks down sleep problems by physiological phases in a woman’s life (pregnant, post-partum, menstruating, perimenopausal, post-menopausal). The article lists the old fallbacks of exercise (but not within 3 hours of bed times), setting a bedtime ritual and time, not consuming caffeine, nicotine or alcohol and sleeping in a dark quiet room. Note to Tango: begin getting exercise and cut back on the vodka-Red Bulls and cigarette breaks, at least on school nights.