Women & Sleep Deprivation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/6/07

Women & Sleep Deprivation

American women are not sleeping well and that could be putting the whole family at risk.

That's according to the National Sleep Foundation, which says a new national survey finds that stay-at-home moms top the list of sleepy women. Running a close second, working mothers and single working women. Those two groups named insomnia as their chief sleep complaint.

The poll also found 20 percent of women say they work right up until bedtime. 

"Some of these women are putting their families at risk by driving while they're drowsy with kids in the car," said Dr. Kathryn Lee, of the University of California, San Francisco. 

"I've said so many times to patients that the foundations of good health are good diets good exercise and good sleep, but two out of three doesn't get you there," said Dr. Mary Calhoun, of the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Calhoun says one common problem is women especially turn to caffeine to stay awake then can't sleep later because of it. So, she says avoid caffeine especially at night and try to be consistent with a regular bedtime.

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