A new report says sleep deprivation is not good for us. It can cause long-term health issues and even death. It also says women are more likely to have problems sleeping than men. Researchers questioned 4,100 British adults in the 'Reclaim Your Sleep' survey. This is from a group called the Sleep Apnoea Trust Association. Apnoea is when someone's breathing stops for a short time while he or she is asleep. Almost half of the women questioned said they did not sleep enough. This compared to 36 per cent of men. Women were also more likely than men to wake up during the night.
Health experts have warned that feeling exhausted due to a lack of sleep could be a sign of a serious medical problem. Many women are unaware of the dangers. Only a quarter see a doctor about sleeplessness. Sleep expert Dr John Stradling said: "Often women think that feeling exhausted is just part of modern life when in fact it could be something more serious." He added that this, "leaves women at risk of reduced quality of life and serious health conditions". In more severe cases, when left untreated, conditions like sleep apnoea can cause heart attacks and strokes.