Women face a host of health issues when they lack proper sleep. Heart problems, weight issues, stress, and even car accidents have all been associated with inadequate and/or irregular sleep habits. Additionally, women are more likely than men to have difficulty falling and staying asleep and to experience more daytime sleepiness. The rise and fall of hormone levels each month - and especially the major changes that occur during pregnancy and menopause - can create special sleep problems for females. Many women get too little sleep as a result of busy, stressful lives.
Fortunately, there are a number of approaches women can use to improve their sleep, including regular exercise, establishing regular bed and wake times, dietary changes, and improving the sleep environment. The Better Sleep Council recommends that the bedroom be dark, cool, and quiet. Also, women should sleep on mattresses that provide superior comfort and the right support -- a mattress that's been in use for years may need to be replaced.