It is often overlooked that the modern woman generally has at least two full time jobs. The first is typically taking care of her home and her children, if she has any, and then the second is what ever job she has outside of the home. Each job, whether it be a “home-maker” or a a job outside of the home has the potential to leave one wiped out and exhausted and many women do both.
While it is becoming more common for men and women to share household duties and chores, many women are single and manage everything on their own and even those who are not single tend to take on more at home than their partners.
New information released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that women aged 18 to 44 are almost twice as likely as men in the same age group to frequently feel very tired or exhausted.
In survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 and 2011, 15.7 percent of women below the age of 45 said they felt “very tired” or “exhausted” on “most days” or “every day”—compared to just 8.7 percent of men. That means dudes are almost twice as likely to be well rested.
That data doesn’t surprise sleep expert Lisa Shives, MD, who says women are up to twice as likely to report having insomnia. Shives posits that, since many women now work outside of the home and take on a big portion of chores and family duties, it makes sense that women would say they feel wiped out.
But just because it’s super common for women to feel tired doesn’t mean you should ignore it. If you don’t get enough sleep, you increase your risk of health issues like depression, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, weight gain, and more, says Shives, who is the founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, Ill., and the medical expert for SleepBetter.org.
“People treat sleep like it’s a recreational activity, like they can cut back on it,” says Shives. “Sleep is not negotiable.”