Hopefully, everyone pushed their clock back an hour at 2 AM on Sunday Morning! November 6th ended the 8-month stretch of Daylight Saving Time, which started on March 13th of this year and shifted an hour of daylight to our evenings. What happens to our sleep now that the days have fallen back to standard time? There are both pros and cons when pushing the clocks back an hour.
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The Causes of Sleep Disorders in Women
Did you know that women are twice as likely to have difficulties falling and staying asleep than men? There are many reasons that drive this to happen, including female hormones, menstrual cycles, and stress-related activities. Typically, younger women are more likely to have a good night’s rest, but in some cases, women who are in their reproductive years may still find this to be a problem. Additionally, women may reduce the number of hours they sleep because of their lifestyles as mothers and wives. With thirty percent of employed women reporting problems sleeping, this is not a topic that should be taken lightly. Below we will provide the most common reasons for sleep disorders that women face.
How Stress Affects Sleep
Stress can come in many forms, ranging from garden work to a death in the family. Any kind of stressor, big or little, can disrupt your sleep habits and cause more daily stress. Being able to deal with stress can be difficult, especially if it is job or family related. It is important to realize that high levels of stress will stimulate the release of hormones in the body that can lead to increased appetite, weight and energy.
The Science of Beauty Sleep
Everyone has heard the phrase “beauty sleep” used in everyday conversation, but did you know that getting more sleep does actually make people more beautiful? When people are sleep deprived, the consequences show in their physical appearance. A lack of sleep has been linked to depression, exhaustion, and weight gain – all of which are hard to outwardly hide.
The more time a person spends sleeping, the more likely they are to appear well rested and healthy. A study done in Sweden last year gave more insight on how sleep affects beauty. Twenty-three participants were photographed after a normal night’s sleep and then again after a night in which they were deprived of sleep. Sixty-five observers who got to share their opinion of the appearance of each person then rated participants. As it turns out, the photos of sleep-deprived people were rated as less healthy, less attractive, and more tired.