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Sleep Disturbances in Women

"I am woman-I am strong-I am invincible-I am tired!" Fatigue is so common in women that most of us just accept it. Some seek medical attention when the problem is just not getting to bed. Many times, however, our fatigue is from an inability to get to sleep, or insomnia. With us is Dr. Martin Scharf, a nationally recognized sleep expert. "

Women suffer from insomnia more frequently than men. Their sleep difficulty gets more frequent with age and they tend to respond to stress with increasing sleep difficulty. Also with age, we see an increase in sleep apnea which tends not to occur in younger women."

Sleep deprivation doesn't just make you feel tired. It can cause motor vehicle and other accidents. It can also be an early sign of disease such as depression, thyroid problems, or hormone imbalances.

Dr. Scharf: "Studies suggest that whenever estrogen levels decrease, women tend to experience an increase in sleep difficulty. This is true in the latter part of the menstrual cycle and it's also true in women who are going through menopause."

Most sleep problems are treatable. If they affect you, see your doctor.

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Created: 10/12/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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