Insomnia, which is trouble sleeping, can affect anyone, but it's more common in women. In fact, women are about twice as likely to have it compared to men. This increased sensitivity becomes particularly noticeable during specific life events, such as pregnancy, menopause, and periods of high stress.
Studies consistently show that women are more likely than men to experience insomnia. This gender disparity in insomnia prevalence is a complex issue influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors. Hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman's life, such as those during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, can contribute to sleep disturbances. Furthermore, the burden of caregiving and household responsibilities often falls unequally on women, adding stressors that can disrupt sleep patterns.
Many women experience sleep disturbances during their menstrual cycle, particularly dealing with insomnia before their period. Hormonal shifts, like estrogen and progesterone fluctuations, can lead to mood swings and sleep disturbances.
Pregnancy brings a myriad of physical and hormonal changes that can disrupt sleep. Frequent urination, discomfort, and hormonal fluctuations are common culprits for sleep disturbances during this time.
After giving birth, many women experience trouble sleeping because of the physical and hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy. Frequent trips to the bathroom, discomfort, hormonal shifts, and the demands of baby sleep can make it hard to sleep.
Menopausal women often face sleep challenges because the dramatic decrease in estrogen levels. They can experience night sweats, hot flashes and mood swings that all contribute to insomnia during this life stage.
While medications like sleeping pills may offer temporary relief, they are not without risks, including dependency and side effects. Moreover, they do not address the underlying causes of insomnia. This is where cognitive CBTI (behavioral therapy for insomnia) shines as a gold standard treatment.
Clinical Results and Success Stories
Clinical trials have consistently shown the efficacy of CBTI in improving sleep for women experiencing insomnia during various life stages. The Stanford team, who developed the Moonalisa content product, published a study in May 2019. CBTI significantly improved sleep quality and duration in pregnant women, enhancing their overall well-being during pregnancy
Furthermore, a 2018 study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found CBTI effective in relieving menopausal symptoms associated with insomnia, including hot flashes and night sweats.
CBTI improves long-term sleep by altering behavior and thoughts about sleep. Here are the core components of CBTI:
Moonalisa builds on effective Stanford CBTI protocols and is an innovative text-based digital coaching solution for personalized insomnia management. This innovative platform harnesses the power of CBTI while leveraging cutting-edge technology to deliver personalized support and guidance.
Moonalisa tailors strategies for insomnia during various life stages, like menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, and stress. Moonalisa offers evidence-based support and progress tracking via a user-friendly text interface.
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