If you spent that day yawning your way through another caffeine-fueled energy and mood roller coaster, you should know that sleep—or rather, a lack thereof—can seriously affect your well-being. I'm particularly passionate about this topic because research has shown that women need more sleep than men in order to function optimally, but many just aren't getting enough. Whether you're worrying about your to-do list or being kept up by your partner's less-than-pleasant snoring, then you may not be getting enough shut-eye.
But there's another often-overlooked reason women just aren't getting enough good sleep: hormones. If your endocrine system is out of whack, it can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle, and that's serious: Lack of sleep doesn't just make you tired—it can lead to more accidents, trouble concentrating, poor work performance, and even increased sickness and possible weight gain. If you're dealing with a hormonal imbalance, you'll be prone to all sorts of potential sleep problems that can set you up for the aforementioned issues and more. Understanding how your hormones affect your sleep and how you can optimize them to work in your favor will get you drifting off toward better health.