How You Sleep Offers Clues to How You Live
What's Your Sleep Style? continued...
Overworked, Overweight, and Overcaffeinated. You're also a
workaholic, putting in lots of work hours, burning the midnight oil. You get
less than six hours a night. But you often feel tired, even make errors at work
because of your weariness. When you can, you compensate with cat naps. You're a
big coffee drinker and often have trouble falling asleep. You're more likely to
be male and overweight.
Struggling Sleepers. You're likely a woman, and typically
have a medical condition like depression, hypertension, or diabetes that plays a role in your
insomnia. You have trouble falling asleep, you sleep poorly, and your work and
relationships suffer because of it.
"Women are much more prone to have sleep problems because of pregnancy,
periods, menopause -- all of the hormonal things," says Kryger, who is author
of the book Women's Guide to Sleep Disorders. "Depression and anxiety
are more common in women, and can cause insomnia. Also, women are the ones who
have two jobs always -- they work outside the home, plus they are the
caretakers, so they're always sleep-sacrificed."
Bottom line: The best way to get a good night's sleep is to make sleep a
priority. Find out why you are not getting a good night's sleep. Then do
something about it. The problem may lie with you or with your bed partner (if
snoring is keeping you awake).