New Study Finds Women Need More Sleep Than Men Do

Katie Sweeney
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From working high-stress jobs to fighting for equal pay to raising children, there is a lot on the modern woman’s plate these days—so much so that a new study found women need more sleep than men do. New York Post is reporting on the findings from Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center, which states women need about 20 more minutes of sleep per night than men do. According to the center’s director, professor Jim Horne, “Women’s brains are wired differently … so their sleep need will be slightly greater. 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.” (It sounds like science says women really just do more than men do…) Horne elaborates, stating that women are more likely to have poor sleep due to emotional stress. “For women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger,” he says. “In contrast, these feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.” Considering that I’ve never heard my brother, dad, or ex-boyfriends complain about insomnia or sleep deprivation but have heard my mom, #girlbosses, and girlfriends constantly discuss the matter, this research makes sense to me. Maybe the solution is prioritizing our sleep habits and getting the most out of our rest time. Here are some helpful habits for a better bedtime routine.

For a good night’s rest, also be sure to grab a luxurious set of sheets.

Do you know any men who have sleep issues? How about females? Tell us what you think of the research!

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