Female physiology characteristics such as menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause, can have a profound impact on sleep quality. In a recent study, a quarter of women surveyed reported that their sleep was disturbed by pain or physical discomfort three or more times a week. Pain conditions such as migraine headaches, tension headaches, rheumatism and arthritis, and stomach burning are common symptoms for women.
Fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels will impact sleep habits. Understanding the effects of these hormones along with environmental factors and lifestyle can help women get a good night's sleep.
Insomnia is the most common sleep problem. Women can begin to develop insomnia and other sleep-related disorders during their menstrual period, gestation or menopause.
Sleep apnea is one of the most serious types of sleep disorders. Typical sleep apnea symptoms include snoring, interrupted breathing, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Although sleep apnea is more common in men, hormonal changes and other factors place women over the age of 50 at a higher risk for developing sleep apnea. Being overweight is also a risk factor for sleep apnea. Women with abdominal obesity are 3.5 times more likely to incur sleep disorders once going through menopause.
Your VITUP doctor will work with our sleep medical specialists and together they will diagnose the cause of your sleep problems and provide an appropriate treatment plan.