Why Women Need More Sleep Than Men


If you’ve ever argued with your partner over who needs to get up to make the morning coffee, science has the answer.

It turns out women need more sleep than men. A new study examined 210 middle aged men and women  and found that women suffered greater health issues from lack of sleep than men.

“We found that for women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger. In contrast, these feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.”

“One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself,” says Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Center at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science of Sleep. “During deep sleep, the cortex — the part of the brain responsible for thought memory, language, and so on — disengages from the senses and goes into recovery mode.”

Apparently, the more your brain works during the day, the more time it needs to rest. Part of the reason women need more sleep is because they tend to multitask. Scientists also say that the female brain is more complex than the male brain, thus the need for more sleep.

How much more? Well, about 20 minutes… the time it takes you to get the kettle on and be coffee plunged.

If you’re a woman who is in a relationship with another woman… rotation duty for getting up first might be the way to go.

source: The South African

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