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B. Women are Losing Sleep Trying to Juggle Work & Family

Narrator: This is Science Today. According to a recent sleep survey, American women are sacrificing sleep while trying to juggle work and family demands. Dr. Kathryn Lee, a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, led a nationally-sponsored 2007 Sleep in America poll. Lee says that women are essentially trying to postpone sleep to get it all done.

Lee: You can always stay up later and think that you'll make it up tomorrow night and you can always get up later and think that you'll make it up tomorrow night and you can always get up earlier in the morning thinking you'll know you'll be tired, but you'll go to bed earlier the next night and that never happens. It just becomes a perpetual state of chronic sleep deprivation.

Narrator: Sleep deprivation greatly impacts mental and physical health, personal lives, professional work and driving safety. Lee suggests women should take a step back and assess their sleep patterns.

Lee: It seems from our poll that work and work issues were a priority, they're doing work up until bedtime and they need to think about making sleep a priority in their lives and relaxing and doing something very soothing in the hour before they go to bed.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.