Women Need More Sleep Than Men Because Their Brains Work Harder, According To Science
Women’s brain is more complex than men’s, and now we have got even science backing this up. Why are we saying this? Well, complex brain needs more rest.
Professor Jim Horne, Director of the Sleep Research Centre At Loughborough University explains why sleeping is so important.
“For women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger,” and “These feelings were not associated with the same degree of
sleep disruption in men.”
His book Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science of Sleep covers the matter.
“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 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 — 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. A man who has a complex job that involves a lot of decision-making and lateral thinking may also need more sleep than the average male — though probably still not as much as a woman.”
“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.”
Women should sleep more than 8 hours
Experts agree that 7-8 hours are just enough, but according to Professor Horne, “wired differently from men’s and are more complex, so their sleep need will be slightly greater.”
Why is women’s brain more complex?
Women are excellent in multitasking to the max, and their brain is responsible for more strenuous activities. This is why women’s brain needs an extra time to recover. And what is better than sleeping? Nothing.
Is there anything like tired men?
The professor says that men whose jobs involve decision making often feel tired, and should sleep longer than average men. However, women still need more of their beauty sleep.
Tips on improving your sleep quality
Find what works best for you, and sleep well every night.
This helps your brain slow down, and you will sleep a lot better at night.
Stimulating foods are bad for you
Caffeine, theobromine and sugar is something your body does not need before bedtime. So, try to avoid coffee, cacao, chocolate and sweet treats. Stimulating foods are insomniacs’ best friends.
Women “employ” their brains all the time, which is why they have difficulty falling asleep. Meditation is one of the way to sleep better, as it helps the brain relax.
Do yoga to prepare the body for a good night’s sleep. Find what posture works best for you.
It improves sleep quality. Take 1-3 grams of melatonin an hour before bedtime.