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Why Women Suffer From Insomnia More Often Than Men (And Ways To Help!)

Why Women Suffer From Insomnia More Often Than Men (And Ways To Help!)

Men lose weight faster and easier than women, they don’t ever have to experience pregnancy hormones, the pain of childbirth or the craziness of menopause, and they need less sleep than women do. As if these statements aren’t enough, scientists also know that women are far more likely to suffer from insomnia than men.

In fact, when it comes to sleep disorders and disturbances, women beat men in every category except one – sleep apnea. At least we don’t have to sleep with a loud machine strapped to us, but at this point, there are a lot of women out there who would gladly put up with a sleep apnea machine if it meant they could sleep!

So why are women not sleeping? There can be many causes of insomnia, and some are specific to women. Here are some of the main causes of insomnia in women and what you can do to combat them and get some shut-eye:

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Hormones Are One of the Causes of Insomnia in Women

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    Your monthly cycle, perimenopause and menopause can all cause sleep disturbances and leave you tossing and turning. Not to mention the night sweats! Sometimes the hormones that show up during your period can make you feel more emotional or sensitive than usual and this can keep you awake at night as well.

    What to do: Talk to your doctor about your options for treatment during menopause. It could be a long time before sleep stops evading you and for some, it lasts for many years. If it’s period symptoms that keep you from sleeping well, try taking ibuprofen before bed, sleeping with a fan or applying a hot water bottle if you’re experiencing cramps.

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    Being A Light Sleeper Doesn’t Help Insomnia

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      There’s nothing worse than being woken up in the night and not being able to get back to sleep. Women know this feeling more than anyone because they are typically lighter sleepers than men. Whether its the kids, the dog, the snoring husband or the sounds of traffic outside, women tend to wake up to anything. This does not help when battling insomnia.

      What to do: Unless you have small children, try wearing ear plug at night to block out sounds. If you can’t stand sleeping with ear plugs, you can also try putting a loud fan on or turning on a white noise machine. These types of sounds usually help people to focus in on them instead of other sounds (like your partner’s snoring) and will help you to sleep. If you have reallu good hearing, you may want to get the loudest fan you can find!

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      Pregnancy Can Cause Insomnia

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        The closer you get into your pregnancy, the harder it is to fall asleep and stay asleep. It’s almost like your body is preparing you for the first few months of your baby’s life when sleep will be but a distant memory! Pregant women are tired and need sleep though, and not being able to get comfortable at night is very frustrating. (Especially when you can’t drink a pot of coffee in the morning.)

        What to do: The more pregnant you become, the harder it will be, but you can still try! Get another pillow or two so you can put one under your belly and behind your back for added support if you need it. If you have room, you can also try investing in a larger bed, because you will be grateful for the extra space as the baby continues to grow. You may also benefit from a fan at night when hot flashes start kicking in. These tips may or may not continue to work as you grow, so if you ever have the opporunity to nap, always, always take it, because you never know what the next night will bring with it!

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        Your Lifestyle May be the Culprit

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          “A woman’s job is never done.” This cliche is all too true for so many women. Between your, kids, work, spouse and home, the day always seems to end with a list of things you haven’t been able to get to. While men seem to be able to forget about a to-do list, and drift off easily at night, women have a much harder time going to sleep with things left undone. When you are this busy, it is extra hard for your brain to relax at night and allow sleep to take over. When you lay your head on your pillow at night, your mind should not be going a hundred miles an hour!

          What to do: Keep bedtime sacred and start winding down for the night at least an hour before you’d like to be asleep. If there are things on your mind, write them down before you get in bed. This signals your brain that it will be taken care of and it might actually let you sleep for a change!

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          Last Updated on October 9, 2018

          27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

          27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

          Who has never gone through some ups and downs in the life? But some people can feel better in a quicker way than others because they’ve found their own remedies to heal the bad feelings.

          If you haven’t found yours, these ways will help you instantly feel better and ditch that negative self talk when you’re feeling bad about yourself:

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          1. Listen to the songs you loved when you were in high school or university, this will recall you of the old good times.
          2. Write something. Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
          3. Draw something. Draw anything you want because no one’s going to judge your drawing skills.
          4. Read the postcards or letters your friends or family sent you before, remind yourself there are people who always remember you.
          5. Silently think of a day or moment which you truly enjoyed and try to recapture that very first feeling. Was it the day of your graduation? The moment you traveled with your loved one?
          6. Take out your photo albums and go over your childhood photos.
          7. Cry when you feel like doing so. There’s nothing wrong with crying; cry out all your fear and stress and just face the truth after crying.
          8. Sing loudly like no one can hear you. Do you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?
          9. Cook a nice meal for yourself or for your family.
          10. Read your previous diary entries and look at your great memories.
          11. Dress up nicely to feel happier.
          12. Don’t stay in your bed! Get your laptop or a book and sit in a coffee place.
          13. Take a walk outside and feel the fresh air.
          14. Sweat yourself! Go jogging or play some sports.
          15. Pick up the musical instrument you used to play a lot and start to play it.
          16. Tidy up your desk or wardrobe, you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.
          17. Watch some funny videos, sure you can find a lot of them on Youtube.
          18. Eat something you like, be it a chocolate cake, or an ice-cream. Just please yourself with the flavour you like.
          19. Re-read your favorite book and write down the sentences or passages that you love.
          20. Watch a new movie, there must be a movie which you’ve always interested in but had no time to watch it.
          21. Do something nice that no one will notice, say picking up a rubbish in the street and throw it to a trash bin.
          22. Call your best friend and just talk whatever you want! Human beings are social animals after all, connecting with people close to you will make you feel better.
          23. Do voluntary work and help people in need, you’ll feel happy and satisfied.
          24. Get drunk with your close friends at home – a safe place for you to get drunk and get crazy. Let loose and have fun with your very close friends.
          25. Write an email or a note to a friend who you care about.
          26. Get out of your routine life and meet new friends. Get out of your comfort zone! Meeting new people can give you new inspirations in life.
          27. Look into the mirror and smile. Act like today’s already a wonderful day. How we act affects how we feel. It’s difficult to go on feeling sad if you’re trying to smile!

          Remember:

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          It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.  — Epictetus

          If you want to feel better, change what you’re doing because obviously what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy!

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