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Do women have a harder time sleeping than men?

Carol Ash, DO
Pulmonary Disease
Women have a harder time sleeping than men for several reasons, including women's specific physiology, hormonal changes and lifestyle issues. Watch as I explain why women have more sleep issues than men. 
Women face particular challenges to sleep throughout their lives. Research shows they are more likely than men to experience difficulty sleeping. Evidence also suggests that over time, sleeplessness can have a more serious impact on women’s overall health than on men’s. Some of the sleep challenges for women are a matter of physiology, and others can be a matter of the many roles and responsibilities that women so often take on, particularly as mothers.

While raising young children, everyone in the family is likely to be sleep-deprived at times, but women with young children are more likely to be deprived of sleep than men.

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