Who Me, Tired?

Who Me, Tired?

It’s 3:30 a.m., and you are wide awake and thinking. About work, your children, your spouse, and the endless list of things you have to get done. While this might read like a scene from the 2011 film I Don’t Know How She Does It, an increasing number of women—and working mothers in particular—may find that a good night’s sleep is elusive.

All adults need about seven or eight hours of sleep each night, but women face particular challenges when it comes to getting adequate slumber. Research shows women are more likely to have disturbed sleep, sleep lightly, and feel unrested after a full night’s sleep. However, instead of reporting that they feel tired, women will say they are fatigued or low on energy, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“Sleep affects all aspects of your life,” said Dr. Gregory Colodner, Medical Director at Saint Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center. “Through the treatment process, our patients gain a greater understanding of how sleep works, how to improve their sleep habits, and tools—from relaxation techniques that help clear their minds to prescription medications—to help them get the rest they need.”

Time of My Life

Women’s sleep troubles can be related to particular biological stages. Pregnancy ushers in sleep disturbances caused by emotional, hormonal, and physical changes. As mothers, women often worry about the sleep their infant, toddler, or teen is or is not getting.

Later in life, hormonal changes associated with menopause can increase the incidence of migraines and fibromyalgia, which can make it harder to sleep, and sleep disorders, such as insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome.

Getting Answers

If you experience tiredness on a regular basis, you might benefit from a sleep study at Saint Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center, which is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Polysomnograms monitor brain waves, breathing, oxygenation of blood, and other vital signs that can help identify the presence of a sleep disorder.

“Administering a sleep test can allow a physician to see if brain waves are consistent with fibromyalgia or a sleep disorder,” Dr. Colodner said. “We can identify impediments to a sound night’s sleep and help patients get the rest they need for their jobs, relationships, health, and safety.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a sleep specialist at Saint Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center in Waterbury or Wolcott, please call (203) 709-4504.

Symptom Checker

Researchers estimate as many as 70 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Signs you might have a sleep disorder include:

  • creeping sensation in the legs
  • excessive daytime sleepiness
  • interrupted breathing witnessed by a partner
  • need for caffeine during the day
  • snoring
  • trouble falling back asleep after nighttime waking
  • waking too early

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