Women Need More Sleep Than Men ‘Cause We’re Smarter, Says Science

New research is showing that women need more sleep than men. Because we use our brains more.

Take it from science. Professor Jim Horne, the director of the Sleep Research Center at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science of Sleep said so:

“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.”

But how much more?

“Women need 20 minutes more shut-eye than the average man,” he said.

And if we don’t get the sleep that we need, we’re more likely to have serious health issues.

“We found that for women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger,” Horne said. “In contrast, these feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.”

So get your sleep on, sleeping beauties.


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