FACT: Women need about 20 minutes more sleep than the average man. And that’s because they’re such great multi-taskers.
According to recent research, these are the striking differences between how men and women sleep:
1. Women need more sleep than men… about 20 minutes more per night.
The researchers attributed this to the way in which women used their brains. Women used their brains more strenuously or ‘flexibly’ as they completed tasks concurrently. Men that had jobs that required ‘mental exertion’ and decision–making required more sleep than other men, but interestingly, not as much as women.
2. Women fare worse after even one day of sleep deprivation.
Clinical Psychologist Michael Breus, sleep expert at Duke University explains: “We found that women had more depression, women had more anger, and women had more hostility early in the morning.”
3. Chronically sleep-deprived women develop life-threatening diseases.
Dr Edward Suarez wanted to find out why women who suffered from sleep deprivation were more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer than men. He attributed the difference to sex hormones and how they impact sleep.
• Testosterone acts as an anti-inflammatory and counteracts the negative effect of stress and sleep-deprivation. Women with higher levels of testosterone will cope better with lack of sleep.
• Women are hit with hormone surges and dips throughout their lives. From puberty, through pregnancy and into menopause a woman’s changing body can negatively impact sleep quality. Men have more stable hormone levels and thus less interference with their sleep.
Bottom line- Everyone needs good sleep, but women need it that much more.
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