How sleep makes women even more fabulous

Celebrating Women: Women’s Month

Whether you find yourself working at home, working out in the gym or working like a boss- sleep will help you perform at your best.

In our last blog post, we looked at a comment by Arianna Huffington that declared women’s sleep ‘the next feminist issue’, arguing that lack of sleep affects a women’s judgment, creativity and ability to realise their full potential.

She may be onto something.

Studies have shown that sleep improves:

  • athletic performance
  • cognitive performance
  • emotional intelligence
  • physical health
  • mental health
  • and overall appearance.

Read more about beauty sleep here.

Ask any successful women how she got to where she is today (be it as a mother, sports star, entrepreneur or employer) and she will tell you that she used her brains, brawn, beauty and basic women’s intuition to fight her way there.

Don’t let a lack of sleep get in the way of finding your fabulous. Here are some sleep tips for women to help prevent you feeling depressed, disempowered and disorganised:

Plan to get more sleep than your male partner

Women have a physiological need for more sleep than men. Get to bed before him or wake up after him. Either way get the sleep you need.

Consider sleeping in separate beds

If you are easily disturbed by your partner you may want to re-consider your sleeping arrangements.

Visit your doctor and get treatment

If you suspect you may have depression, anxiety, insomnia, diabetes or heart disease then you should see your GP. Your poor physical or mental health could be linked to your poor sleep health.

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Gender differences and sleep

Women and men think differently. This fact is well-established. What is less well-known is that men and women have different sleep needs and react differently to sleep-deprivation.

Let’s look at some research regarding these statements.

  1. Women need more sleep than men the same age.

The theory behind this is that women use more areas of their brains during the day thanks to multi-tasking and interpreting complex socio-emotional information. A female brain is a busy brain and as such requires longer to repair and recover- an average of 20 minutes longer each night than a man according to the National Sleep Foundation.

  1. The female brain ages more slowly than the male brain.

Interestingly, it is thought that this added brain utilization and need for sleep is responsible for a women’s brain ageing slower than a man’s. ‘A typical 75-year-old woman has a comparable brain age to a 70-year-old man,’ Professor Horne a specialist in the area of Gynaecology and Reproductive Health from The University of Edinburgh.

  1. Sleep-deprived women perform worse than sleep-deprived men.

The female brain is more sensitive to sleep-deprivation. The female hormonal cycle is also thrown off by lack of sleep. The combination of both neurological and hormonal impairment due to lack of sleep means that a sleep-deprived woman will function worse than a man. In the short-term, women will show more difficulty with attention, working memory, long-term memory and decision-making.

In the long-term, women are more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer than men reports Dr Edward Suarez.

Over the month of August we will be looking closer at the issue of women and sleep. Arianna Huffington has declared women’s sleep ‘the next feminist issue‘, arguing that a lack of sleep affects a woman’s judgment, creativity and ability to realise their full potential.

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