Beginning at puberty and continuing throughout the lifecycle, women suffer from sleep problems such as insomnia at a higher rate than men. Now a recent study suggests that compared with men, women suffer more severe health consequences as a result of poor sleep. According to a survey based on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) of 210 men and women with no history of sleep disorders, it was revealed that women who slept poorly were more likely to be overweight /obese and to suffer from Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It was also seen that women who slept less reported higher levels of hostility, anger and depression. The results suggest that increased risk of cardiovascular and other chronics illnesses in women may be linked with both psychosocial stresses and pathophysiologic mechanisms.

Brain Behav Immun. 2008 Aug: 22(6); 960-8. Epub 2008 Mar 6

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