Women Need More Sleep Than Men Because Their Brains Work Harder, According To Science

Yes, ladies, you’re right – you need more sleep than men, and a study proves it! Just take a look at the article below and find out more about this. Here’s what you need to know – well, according to the experts, the complexities of a woman’s brain have science saying that women need more sleep than men.

Jim Horne, a Professor at Loughborough University in England says:

“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.”

Professor Jim Horne, has a specific explanation on the importance of sleeping. The professor also wrote the book Sleepfaring: A Journey Through the Science of Sleep. He also said:

“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.”

YES, women need more than 8 hours

It’s highly recommended that you sleep at least 8 hours, but Professor Horne explains that women’s brain “wired differently from men’s and are more complex, so their sleep need will be slightly greater.”

The million-dollar question – what makes woman’s brain more complex?

Here’s what you need to know – well, unlike men, women are used to do multi-tasking, and expose their brains to more strenuous activities. This means that women’s brain needs more time to recover completely, and sleeping is the best way to achieve that.

What happens to Tired Men?

He says that man who do jobs that involve decision-making need more sleep than an average man, but still less than an average woman.

How to Improve Sleep Quality?

Note: according to professor Horne says that there are many different ways to improve sleep quality. Everyone is different; these tips will work for some but not for others.

  • Set a Routine — If one sets a sleep routine, it will be easier for the brain to recognize when to slow down and relax. This could improve sleep quality.
  • Avoid Stimulating Foods — yes, ladies and gentlemen, there are some stimulants in our foods that should be avoided before bed like caffeine (coffee), theobromine (cacao or chocolate) and sugar. Such stimulants can make falling asleep more difficult.
  • Meditation— unfortunately, many women around the world have a hard time falling asleep because their brains will not stop. Practicing simple meditation will help the brain settle and prepare for relaxation.
  • Yoga— Practicing some simple yoga poses meant to ready the body and mind for sleep may also prove helpful.
  • Melatonin — Take 1-3 mg of melatonin an hour before bedtime.