Research shows that women don't get enough sleep

October 23, 1998|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

WASHINGTON -- Women do most of the housework and child rearing. They get paid less than men doing the same jobs. Now, there's evidence they also get shortchanged on sleep.

A study released yesterday by the National Sleep Foundation shows that three specific biological events -- menstruation, pregnancy and menopause -- disrupt the sleep of a majority of women and interfere with how well they function during the day.

Women are 50 percent more likely than men to suffer from insomnia, statistics show. But women's complaints are often dismissed as depression, hysteria or emotional responses that may not have a medical cause, said Thomas Roth, chief of sleep medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

In the battle for a good night's rest, women face one additional enemy: snoring mates.

Pub Date: 10/23/98

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