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For Many Women, a Good Night's Sleep Is a Dream


Sleep-deprived, drowsy and relying on caffeine to stay alert. Is that you or someone you know? According to a new poll released by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), it's the day-to-day reality for the majority of American women.

Six out of 10 adult women in America say they do not get a good night's sleep a few nights a week and more than two-thirds say they frequently have sleep problems during the night, according to the Sleep in America poll. The annual survey is conducted each year to gauge the nation's sleep patterns. After the 2005 poll indicated that women are more likely than men to experience sleep problems, the sleep foundation decided to focus the 2007 survey on adult women, their sleep disorders and the impact lack of sleep has on their daily lives.

Pollsters conducted telephone interviews with 1,003 participants between September 12 and October 28, 2006. Participants were 18 to 64 years old and were asked to reveal their usual bedtime and wake-up times to determine their average number of hours in bed.

The survey divided women respondents into categories first based on their lifestyle (such as single and working, stay-at-home moms, part-time working women and empty nesters) and by their biological status in life (for example, menstruating, pregnant or postmenopausal). Perimenopausal women spend the least amount of time in bed-an average of only 7 hours 12 minutes on weeknights-and postmenopausal women had the highest incidence of sleep disorders such as snoring, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. Eight out of 10 pregnant women in the survey reported symptoms of insomnia and 40 percent indicated some type of sleeping disorder.
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