Women are more likely than men to experience insomnia. Certain phases of the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause can all contribute uniquely to women’s sleep troubles. Sometimes, these biological changes disrupt sleep, but then unhealthy sleep habits maintain the pattern.
How to improve sleep
Here are some steps you can take to improve your sleep:
- If your insomnia is caused by hormonal changes and hot flashes, keep your room temperature cool and comfortable, and wear loose clothing to bed.
- For insomnia during pregnancy, keep multiple pillows on hand during the night. Try sleeping on your side with one pillow at your back, one between your legs, and one to rest your arms on. Limit your fluid intake during the evening.
- For many women, insomnia is linked with depression, but it’s important to see your doctor or a therapist to address these symptoms as well.
- There are both medical and nonmedical treatment options for insomnia. Ask your doctor if they may help.