Several research studies have found that insomnia partially occurs due to the genetic factors and these genes contribute more to the insomnia symptoms development in females than in males. These Genes influence more sleep problems in females to an estimated 59 percent compared to 38 percent among males.
A research study on Twins stated, “This study indicates that genes may play a larger role in the development of insomnia symptoms for women than for men, providing some of the first formal evidence for sex differences in an adult sample.”
Given the evidence for sex differences, it may be useful to specifically target females for sleep interventions, said study author Mackenzie Lind, a doctoral candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, US.
Compared to men, women find much more difficult falling asleep or staying asleep or restless, or disturbed sleep, and early morning awakenings. However, women’s disturbed sleep doesn’t alone rely only on genes, but several other factors as well such as phases of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause.
Reports also found that only seven percent of women are receiving the treatment for insomnia, while rest are neglecting. The unhealthy sleep habits can further lead to several health consequences.
Steps to improve your Sleep Habits
Biological changes in women including menstrual cycle, pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations and menopause apart from genes add to the women’s sleep troubles. Unhealthy sleep time further brings in the problems, and this is the reason it is important to follow good sleep practices.
Get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep to perform your best.
Avoid alcohol or caffeine at your dinner times. These can make you stay awake for longer hours. Have a glass of water or warm milk when you are dealing with insomnia.
Keep your bedroom cool with dim lights and make certain your bed is adequately sized, so you feel comfortable and relaxed while sleeping.
Avoid using laptops, tablets or Smartphones on your bed at night. Instead listen to calming music or read a book that helps you put to sleep.