A team of scientists, led by Jim Horne, has researched and found that women actually need more sleep than men do. Women need an average of 20 minutes more sleep than men.
The reason for it is that women’s brain tend to work harder than the men’s during the day. Thus there is need to relax the brain for a commensurate time as the brain has worked.
“The more of your brain you use during the day, the more of it that needs to recover and, consequently, the more sleep you need.”
Women are credited with the multi-tasking ability. They have the God-given capacity to juggle two or more activities at a time. Did you know that women process information about five times faster than men?
A new study from England’s Loughborough University reveals that as multi-taskers, women require higher amounts of brain activity.
Jim Horne, Study Author, Sleep Expert & Former director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, said:
“Women tend to multi-task -they do lots at once and are flexible — and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.”
He also said that women use more regions of the brain; and that women have more complex brain activity than men. Consequently they need more sleep to relax the brain.
“One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself,”
“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.”
The study, which was carried out on a sample set of 210 middle-aged men and women, also revealed that men who have complex jobs which involve a lot of “decision-making and lateral thinking” are also likely to need more sleep than the average male.
The finding that women need more sleep than men explains the link between poor sleep and its side effects in women.
Women who have issues getting enough sleep were found to have high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger.
In cases of insomnia, The National Sleep Foundation recommends these:
- Getting regular exercise
- Setting routine bed and wake times
- Limiting caffeine and alcohol intake
- Improving the sleep environment
- Talk to your doctor