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 not only is women's sleep easier, but the two sleep robbers are also more worried about anxiety and worry 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 becomes larger and larger: While every third woman between the ages of 45 and 60 is often awake at night, even in this age group only one in six people complains. "In addition to the menopause, which often robs sleep, these women are also increasing their fears - such as the age and loneliness, " said psychologist Inga Margraf.
For many women, a void remains when the children are out of the house and the previous role of mother becomes less important. 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 during menopause and during pregnancy, but also in certain phases of the cycle, women sleep more restless. When menstruation announces, many women suffer from:
- Stomach cramps and mood swings
- Nocturnal waking phases, violent dreams
- Fatigue and exhaustion during the day.
Most sleep problems occur at the beginning of menstruation and then disappear again. "For hormonal sleep problems, women should pay particular 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 the person sleeps depends on the 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.
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From birth, the human need for sleep steadily decreases:
- Infants sleep 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 wake up long 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.