Women sleep differently

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If you roll back and forth forever before your eyes close in the evening, the night can be tormenting. This is especially true for women, because they are significantly more affected by sleep disorders than men. Researchers found that women's sleep is not only easier, but the two are as well sleeping robber Worry and worry harder than men. Relaxation techniques like autogenic training help relieve stress and let go in the evening to calm down.

Women are more likely to suffer from sleep disorders than men

According to a survey by the Institute for Demoscopy in Allensbach almost every fourth German woman suffers from sleep difficulties, in the men only one in six. With increasing age, the difference between the sexes is getting bigger: While every third woman between the ages of 45 and 60 is often awake at night, even in this age group only every sixth man complains. "In addition to menopause, which often robs sleep, these women also take the fears to - for example, before the age and the Alone, "said psychologist Inga Margraf.

In many women, a void left when the children are out of the house and the previous role as a mother is unimportant. This is also confirmed by figures from the Allensbach Institute, which show that working women over the age of 45 sleep significantly better than housewives of the same age.

The influence of hormones

The hormones also affect the sleep of women. Not only in the menopause and in the pregnancy, even in certain phases of the cycle sleep women restless. When menstruation announces, many women suffer from:

  • Stomach cramps and emotional fluctuations
  • Nocturnal waking phases, violent dreams
  • Fatigue and exhaustion during the day.

Most sleep problems occur at the beginning of menstruation and then fade away. "For hormonal sleep problems, women should pay special attention to regular sleep patterns, healthy lifestyles, well-balanced diets and adequate exercise," advises Inga Margraf.

Sleep requirements decrease with age - in both sexes

How much a person sleeps depends on their age. Newborns need the most sleep. Seniors get by with about six hours of sleep. Individually, however, these averages may vary. The proportion of dream sleep in total sleep decreases as you get older.

The older the less ...

From birth, the need for sleep of the human steadily decreases:

  • Infants sleep another 16 hours
  • Infants need 11 to 13 hours of sleep
  • Adults need only about eight hours of sleep
  • At retirement age, the need for sleep falls to about six hours

Older people not only sleep less, but also the recreational value of sleep decreases. They wake up more often at night, sleep superficially, and are awake in the morning before the alarm rings. It is advised seniors, not too early to go to bed, to comply with regular bedtime and to take a nap during the day and sometimes a nap.

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