The Female Insomiac


Women are far likelier to suffer from insomnia than men, but why? Cristen and Caroline put the science to rest on the biological and psychological female factors that lead to sleepless nights.

Episode sources:

"An Overview of Insomnia." WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/insomnia-symptoms-and-causes

"Can't Sleep? Why Insomnia Shouldn't Be Ignored" by Michelle Andrews. US News. March 02, 2009. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/sleep/articles/2009/03/02/cant-sleep-why-insomnia-shouldnt-be-ignored

"How to Sleep Better: Easy Insomnia Solutions." Harvard Health Publications. Women's Health. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/what-you-should-know-about-sleep?page=1

"Insomnia: A Cultural History" by Elund Summers-Bremner. Reaktion Books. Feb. 27, 2008. http://books.google.com/books?id=PORL8xAK9poC&dq=cultural+history+of+insomnia&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Insomnia: Complications" by Mayo Clinic staff. Mayo Clinic. April 04, 2014. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/basics/complications/con-20024293

"Insomnia symptoms in older adults: associated factors and gender differences" by Isabelle Jaussent et al. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2011. http://www.hal.inserm.fr/docs/00/51/97/17/XHTML/index.xhtml

"Insomnia: What Every Woman Should Know" by Heather Hatfield. WebMD. Reviewed Nov. 19, 2008. http://www.webmd.com/women/features/secret-causes-insomnia-what-every-woman-should-know-sleep-problems

"QuickStats: Percentage of Men and Women Who Regularly Had Insomnia or Trouble Sleeping, by Family Income as a Percentage of Poverty Level." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. April 11, 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6314a5.htm?s_cid=mm6314a5_x

"Rest cure." The Science Museum. http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/techniques/restcure.aspx

"Study identifies behaviors linking stress and insomnia." AFP Relaxnews. NY Daily News. July 08, 2014. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/study-identifies-behaviors-linking-stress-insomnia-article-1.1858445

"The Big Sleep" by Ian Parker. The New Yorker. Dec. 09, 2013. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/12/09/131209fa_fact_parker?currentPage=all

"The Sleep-Industrial Complex" by John Mooallem. The New York Times Magazine. Nov. 18, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/magazine/18sleep-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&&gwh=FF76E3439CF176777731BF6849DDEFC5&gwt=pay

Academic insights:

"Epidemiology of DSM-IV Insomnia in Adolescence: Lifetime Prevalence, Chronicity, and an Emergent Gender Difference" by Eric O. Johnson et al. Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 2006. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/117/2/e247.full

"Insomnia, Emotions, and Job Satisfaction: A Multilevel Study" by Brent A. Scott and Timothy A. Judge. Journal of Management. October 2006. http://timothy-judge.com/Scott%20%26%20Judge%20JOM.pdf

"Sex Differences in Insomnia: A Meta-Analysis" by Bin Zhang and Yun-Knok Wing. Sleep. 2006. http://www.journalsleep.org/Articles/290114.pdf

"Women and insomnia" by EH Miller. Clinical Cornerstone. 2004. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15457811

Topics in this Podcast: women's health, insomnia, best of 2014 health, Sleep