Women need more sleep than men

Women need more sleep than men so let's all go back to bed
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Finally – solid proof that a woman needs an extra three hours in bed.

Apparently, women actually need more sleep than men – and not getting enough shut-eye causes worse health problems in women too.

Professor Jim Horne, director of Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre, said 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.’

How much sleep do we actually need?

It’s commonly thought that we all need around eight hours sleep.

However, in reality there’s no one-size-fits-all number when it comes to getting some rest.

Some people sleep for eight hours and still fall asleep at their desks the next day.

Others, like Margaret Thatcher, may only need about three to five hours a night.

At the end of the day, it’s all down to genes and what people are used to.

But as a guide, the average is around seven hours.

Prof Horne has also explained that women’s brains are more complex than men’s.

‘Women’s brains are wired differently from men’s and are more complex, so their sleep need will be slightly greater,’ he said.

‘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.’

But there is a small exception.

‘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,’ Prof Horne added.

‘Though probably still not as much as a woman.’

So, every woman should back to bed.

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