​Women have a more difficult time sleeping than men

Women Have a More Difficult Time Sleeping Than Men

By Troy Frisby, Buzz60

Catching some ZZZs isn't always easy, but it turns out it's worse if you're a woman.

Studies show women have a more difficult time sleeping than men. The US Department of Health and Human Services says insomnia is more common among women than men.

There could be a few reasons, both situational and biological, including hormones, children and stress.

Considering hormones cause children and children cause stress, it's like a Russian nesting doll of factors working against parents.

Experts say estrogen fluctuates throughout the menstrual cycle, and because that's something women have to deal with, it throws their circadian rhythms off.

Also, mismatched sleeping habits between partners tend to leave women tossing and turning while their bedmates happily count sheep.

Snoring and twitching are just two things that can disrupt your routine, so professionals suggest finding a schedule that works and sticking to it.

But that might be difficult if you have children. "Mommy ears" could be contributing to sleepless nights.

According to professionals, even after kids start sleeping through the night, mothers continue to wake up.

This is residual effect of moms responding to their infants, along with a continued psychological worry about their kids.

Who knew "The Princess and the Pea" was so scientifically accurate?

Have trouble sleeping? Check out these tips to get a good night's rest:

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The scent of lavender is known to be very relaxing and can help you get to sleep at night. 

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Shut off the screens

Avoid being on your computer, phone or e-reader before going to sleep. Studies have shown the use of these items before bed can decrease the quality of your sleep.

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Melatonin supplements 

Taking sleeping pills sounds scary to many people, but melatonin supplements are like a sleep vitamin, giving you a little extra of the naturally produced hormone. 

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Stick to a schedule

Going to sleep and waking at the same time every day helps your natural sleep/wake cycle. You sleep much better when you go to bed when actually drowsy and wake naturally at the same time each day. 

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Regular exercise, even as little as 20 mins a day can help you sleep better at night. 

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Skip the afternoon nap

Taking a nap during the day can exasperate insomnia for many people. 

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