Mercy's Dr. Audrey Liu, Director, The Sleep Center At Mercy, Discusses Sleep Needs Of Women Versus Men

February 3, 2014
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Dr. Audrey Liu, Director, The Sleep Center At Mercy

When it comes to men and women and the lack of sleep, researchers say women may be more at risk for certain health problems.

There's an old saying, "A woman's work is never done." In these fast-paced times of juggling work, home and family, many women put sleep at the bottom of their to-do list. But is the myth that women need more sleep than men true?

"There's a study that suggests that women may be more affected by lack of sleep or poor sleep than men," said Dr. Audrey Liu, Director of The Sleep Center at Mercy.

According to Dr. Liu, researchers at Duke University used blood tests from men and women to measure their possible risks for heart disease and diabetes.

"One of the interesting findings is that women seem to have a higher increase in these markers when they reported poor sleep," Dr. Liu said.

The study also revealed women with sleep problems had higher levels of depression, hostility and anger than men who lacked sleep.

"While we can't change our pace of life, I think that people need to try to be creative and find ways to deal with those stresses, and think about what's important," Dr. Liu said.

View Dr. Liu's interview with WBAL-TV11 regarding women's sleep patterns.

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