Dating a snorer
‘This is partly because women have more hormonal disruptions affecting their sleep and they also tend to worry more.
This not only means that their minds are more likely to race at night, but it could also result in higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can make it harder to fall asleep.’The survey of 1,500 adults found 38 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women said they’d taken a nap in the past 24 hours.
This measures tiredness by asking how likely you are to doze in situations such as reading, so you can work out if you need help from a GP or sleep clinic. Products containing older sedating antihistamines such as diphenhydramine are most likely to cause drowsiness.
Doxylamine (found in Syndol and Propain Plus) or promethazine (Night Nurse, Avomine) can cause sleepiness, too.
‘Most tiredness happens because we are bad at sticking to regular bedtimes,’ says independent sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley.