Getting a good nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sleep and waking up rested might just be one of the best feelings in the world. ButÃ¢â‚¬”bummer alertÃ¢â‚¬”women may be less likely than men to regularly experience that refreshed feeling. New information released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that women aged 18 to 44 are almost twice as likely as men in the same age group to frequently feel very tired or exhausted.
In survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 and 2011, 15.7 percent of women below the age of 45 said they felt Ã¢â‚¬Å“very tiredÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“exhaustedÃ¢â‚¬Â on Ã¢â‚¬Å“most daysÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“every dayÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬”compared to just 8.7 percent of men. That means dudes are almost twice as likely to be well rested.
That data doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t surprise sleep expert Lisa Shives, MD, who says women are up to twice as likely to report having insomnia. Shives posits that, since many women now work outside of the home and take on a big portion of chores and family duties, it makes sense that women would say they feel wiped out.
But just because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s super common for women to feel tired doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean you should ignore it. If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get enough sleep, you increase your risk of health issues like depression, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, weight gain, and more, says Shives, who is the founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, Ill., and the medical expert for SleepBetter.org.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“People treat sleep like itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a recreational activity, like they can cut back on it,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Shives. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sleep is not negotiable.Ã¢â‚¬Â Read more about why itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so important to get your ZZZsÃ¢â‚¬”and how you can clock more:
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