What happens when we don’t sleep well?
Sleep quality is as important as sleep quantity
We feel generally crummy. A poor night’s sleep means we start the day badly and may never properly recover—even with adequate nutrition, exercise, and social interaction.
Lethargy, fatigue, and a lack of motivation can shadow us throughout the day. We may find ourselves moody or irritable and unable to make even simple decisions or concentrate on our usual tasks. We don’t deal as well with stress, and our attention span is impaired. What else?
Women and slumber — are you getting your “beauty rest”?
While women sleep more than men, their quality of sleep is generally not as good and can be disturbed by worries and concerns.
Estrogen and progesterone levels at various times of our lives—while we’re having our period, while pregnant and throughout menopause—can have an effect on how we sleep.
Women seem to have more difficulty than men both falling asleep and staying asleep. Younger women have a tendency to ignore their need for sleep in order to deal with the demands of both work and motherhood.
More than 80% of working women complain of fatigue and exhaustion, and 50% of them don’t get enough sleep.