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Almost half of British women (43%) claim that they’re not getting enough sleep, with 45% adding that they do not feel well-rested once they get up, according to research by YouGov.
The Huffington Post reports that health experts are worried about the detrimental effect sleep deprivation can have on long term health, following the results of YouGov’s ‘Reclaim Your Sleep’ Survey.
The results of 4,100 UK adults found that 46% of women are more likely to experience difficulty sleeping compared to 36% of men.
More than half of women survived (60%) admitted to feeling irritable during the day because of their sleep problems, while a further 33% said they felt less confidence in their appearance as a result of a bad night’s sleep.
Professor John Stradling, a sleep expert from Oxford University said: “Often women think that feeling exhausted is just part of modern life when in fact it could be something more serious.
“Remaining untreated leaves women at risk of reduced quality of life and serious health conditions, so it is important that they speak to their GP about any sleep problems that they have – the sooner their sleep issues are addressed by a sleep expert, the better.”
Despite sleep problems clearly having a negative impact on a lot of women, only a minority of those surveyed said they have spoken to their GP about issues regarding sleep.
Bill Johnston, chairman from the Sleep Apnoea Trust Association warned that sleep problems such as restlessness could indicate more serious health problems such as sleep apnoea.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a debilitating condition affecting around 1.5 million adults in the UK.
Johnston said: “The overall lack of awareness around sleep apnoea symptoms and its impact on a person’s health may mean that many are suffering in silence so it is important that we work with healthcare professionals to uncover this missing group and help minimise the impact of sleep problems on their lives.
“Women also need to help their doctor understand how they sleep to avoid misdiagnosis. Discussing their sleep quality, and any difficulties sleeping (such as insomnia, frequent awakenings, snoring and sleepiness or tiredness during the day), will really help.”