You guys listening?
Look, many couples fight over who gets more sleep. I know because it is a common problem in my household. And according to a study, it turns out the wife should be the one sleeping in, not you.
“In fact, women need 20 minutes more shut-eye than the average man. And that’s down to a woman’s busy, multi-tasking brain”, according to Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University.
The study, conducted by Duke Medical Center researchers, 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.”
“The average adult needs between six and eight hours of sleep a night and one of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself,” says Professor Horne.
“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.”
He continues, “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 tend to multi-task … and so, they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.”
But why do women really need 20 minutes more sleep than men?
“This is because women’s brains are wired differently from men’s and are more complex, so their sleep need will be slightly greater. The average is 20 minutes more, but some women may need slightly more or less than this.”