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Happy Marriage = Happy Sleep

Are you a happily married woman?  If so, research shows that you are more likely to have a better quality of sleep than other women.  Sleep is very important to a woman’s health and function.  Women should have seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night.  However, for some women, many factors, including marriage strife, stress, hormone changes, and depression, can contribute to sleep problems.  Women may have trouble falling asleep and remaining asleep or they may wake up too early in the morning. 

Researchers have already demonstrated that divorced women tend to have more sleep problems than married women.  To find out more about the sleep quality of married women, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh surveyed a large number of married women with an average age of 46.  They found that happily married women slept better than unhappily married women, but only for Caucasian women in the study.  Why this is true for just Caucasian women and not women of minority groups in the study is not known, but sets a premise for future research. 

If you are a woman, married or unmarried, and have difficulty sleeping, talk to your doctor about your concerns.  There are many solutions for poor sleep, and your doctor is happy to recommend treatments and lifestyle changes that can help you.

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