Sleepless in Boston: From Stress or Reading in Bed?

by Jan Simpson Benvenuti

Recently, several Circle of Life supporters joined me at a luncheon sponsored by the Women’s Health initiative at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where we learned about the gender differences in our natural sleep cycles.  At my table were women juggling careers and children, aging parents and teenagers, each challenged to maintain their own health and the health of their loved ones. We listened as Diane Patrick, the First Lady of Massachusetts, spoke eloquently about her own struggles with insomnia years ago, a symptom of depression that was successfully treated.

Women are two to three times more likely than men to suffer from insomnia and simple changes in bedtime routines can lead to a more restful night. Here are 12 simple steps to improve sleep (12 steps). I was aware of some of the recommendations, like establishing good bedtime routines and sleeping in a cool room. Yet having switched to reading from a tablet at bedtime instead of a hardcover or paperback book, I have unwittingly increased the likelihood of disrupted sleep.

Do you read from a tablet before bed?

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