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Sleep Disorders

16 February 2011

Alcohol disrupts women's sleep more than men's

Alcohol appears to cause more sleep problems in women than in men, research shows. It may deepen sleep during the early part of the night but disrupt sleep later in the night.

Alcohol appears to cause more sleep problems in women than in men, a new study found.

Women who consumed alcohol had fewer hours of sleep, woke more frequently and for more minutes during the night, and had more disrupted sleep compared to men who drank alcohol.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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