Insomnia Is Hitting More Americans Everyday

Sleeping like a baby is proving to be a tough task for more than 70-million Americans, many of them women.

You can not turn on the TV without seeing an explosion of commercials for sleeping pills.

While medications provide temporary relief, doctors are turning their attention, more than ever, to helping women get to the root of the problem.

Martha was so tired she found playing with her son too exhausting.

So she went to a sleep lab and found out she has hypopnea, or decreased air flow.

Now she wears a mask called a C-pap to help her breathe.

She also has periodic limb movement disorder, where her arms and legs flinch.

Women are also twice as likely as men to battle insomnia often because of hormonal changes like pregnancy and menopause.

“Sleep deprivation, I think, is the second big issue for women as they try to take care of homes, careers, families,” said Nish Aurora, M.D., Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Doctors say being overweight increases a woman's risk of having a sleep disorder.

This is not new, but it is worth repeating.

Experts say you should go to bed and get up at the same time every day and limit caffeine, alcohol and smoking.

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