Israeli Women Suffer Insomnia More Than Men, New Poll Shows

Poll shows that women also tend to miss work more than men over it - but function better when they do show up.

Fifty-six percent of Israelis suffering from sleep-related problems find it hard to function at work the next day, according to a new poll.

The poll by Geocartography, commissioned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, reveals that women and men handle the problem differently. Men rarely miss work after sleepless nights, even though 70 percent say that their capability is impaired. Some six percent of women skip the next day's work after difficult nights, but only 49 percent of them reported any problems at work.

According to the poll, conducted among 500 adults, 29 percent reported sleep- related problems at least several times a year.

The trend revealed in several other surveys, that women suffer more than men from insomnia, was also reflected in this poll: 35 percent of the women suffer from insomnia several times a year, compared to only 21 percent of the men.

The problem seems to intensify with age: 24 percent of the interviewees between the ages of 18-34 reported sleep problems, compared to 35 percent of 55-year-olds.

Economic problems are the chief reason for sleepless nights: 36 percent of people with lower incomes report problems, compared to 25 percent among the more affluent.

More than 10 percent of the low-income interviewees said they have problems falling asleep almost every day, or every other day, compared to 3.7 percent of those with higher incomes.

Still, at work, most people don't recognize an insomniac: 66 percent of those suffering from sleep problems say that no one at work notices how tired they are. Still, 27 percent of the women say they hear remarks that they look tired or are nervous, while only 15 percent of the men reported such remarks.

AP