It is a truth starting to be universally acknowledged – sleep is a women’s issue. Poll upon survey has found that when it comes to securing shut-eye, women are struggling. And now one UK study via YouGov and the Sleep Apnoea Trust Association (SATA) has added to the chorus of overtired gals desperate to score more bedtime.
According to the ‘Reclaim Your Sleep’ survey results, nearly half of women in the UK are sleep-deprived, but rather than seek medical help to deal with the issue, they just accept all this slumber shortchange as a fact of life. Only one in four will see a doctor about a recurring pattern of not sleeping enough. We’re terribly accepting of crap things, aren’t we?
Over 4000 people were surveyed with 43% of women saying they don’t get enough sleep, 46% saying they have trouble sleeping and 45% saying they don’t feel well-rested when they wake up. What about the menz? 36% of guys reported having trouble sleeping. Women also answered questions about the knock-on effects of this sleep depreivation. Six in ten said it made them irritable throughout the day and 33% claimed not sleeping enough made them feel less attractive.
While we know stress and our reliance on screens are contributing to the sleep crisis, there is an underlying medical condition that women may be overlooking: sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is one of the main causes of snoring and disrupts breathing, which in turn wrecks your sleeping pattern. If sleep apnoea is left untreated it can lead to stroke and cardiovascular disease, which is why society, especially women, need to explore the possibility of having it. Some other symptoms associated with sleep apnoea other than a lack of sleeping include snoring, headaches, restless legs, fatigue, depression and muscle pain.
The Telegraph quoted Professor John Stradling, a sleep expert from Oxford University, about the dangers of women ignoring the potentiality of sleep apnoea: “Often women think that feeling exhausted is just part of modern life when in fact it could be something more serious. Remaining untreated leaves women at risk of reduced quality of life and serious health conditions, so it is important that they speak to their GP about any sleep problems that they have – the sooner their sleep issues are addressed by a sleep expert, the better.”
Via The Telegraph