Why Women Suffer Insomnia More Than Men – And What You Can Do About It

[Editor’s note: This post originally ran on the Calm blog and reruns here with permission.]

Far more women than men suffer insomnia or chronic sleep trouble, and middle-aged women suffer most of all, according to an international study commissioned by Calm.

Women are 40% more likely than men “always” to sleep badly, reveals the survey of 4,279 Britons and Americans, conducted by pollsters YouGov, on our behalf.

Women are 40% more likely than men to sleep badly on a regular basis, reveals the survey of 4,279 Britons and Americans.

This figure rises to 55% in middle age [aged 45-54], when the gender gap hits its peak, as does the number of women who report “always” sleeping badly.

“I certainly see more women with sleep trouble than men”, says Dr Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist and insomnia specialist, whose talk on sleep science and advice is one of Calm’s 30+ Sleep Stories.

There are several possible reasons that so many more women than men sleep badly, says Dr Orma, author of the book, Stop Worrying & Go To Sleep.

“One is hormones …

Read More

Amazon and the Nerd Factor

Philip Roth isn’t happy with Jeff Bezos. A lot of other authors aren’t either. Going out on a limb here, but my guess is that Bezos is thrilled that such an important novelist as Roth is pissed.

Bezos has always been a courageous, bright guy. From relatively humble beginnings he went to Princeton, became a dot-com superstar fairly quickly and is now worth something like $32 billion, give or take.

He plays life as though adversity and danger don’t faze him much. He was in a helicopter crash that almost killed him, and reportedly thought, ‘This is a dumb way to die.’ In accounts of the fear-fatal accident that I’ve read, he never talks much about fear.

This bothers me.

As member of the bunch of Uber-Nerds who are pretty much running things now, Bezos is no doubt a super-achiever, but a human factor is missing. The question for me is: Can you be driven, directed, focused on world domination, and also be compassionate and feeling?

Amazon is a great platform for authors. It’s remaking the publishing industry and in …

Read More