Study: Women Need More Sleep Than Men Do

More SleepPeople have various need as to their sleep duration, as well as to the time they must go to sleep and get up. Sometimes, even the most loving and understanding husband and wife can have really different needs in their sleep routine: the wife can like going to sleep early in the evening and waking up early in the morning, but the husband can have a habit of going to sleep late and waking up late, too. Hopefully, these differences will not interfere with their relationship and life. However, those things could be the issues for another study. Nowadays, a group of scientists came up with the conclusion related to our sleep duration and the need of sleep. According to the findings of a, expert group at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, women need more sleep compared to men. That is why those women who sleep as much as men very often wake up grumpy and not properly rested.

The scientists collected information on sleep habits, sleep patterns and other related data on 210 study participants, both men and women of different age and status. After analyzing the collected data, it became apparent that if women sleep as much as men, they always wake up more aggressive, angry and hostile. At that, all women reported about feeling tired and restless after not sleeping as much as they need, and the scientists came to the conclusion that such women suffered both physically and mentally as a result of insufficient amounts of sleep. At the same time, men did not report similar effects after having a small sleep deprivation. “The study suggests that poor sleep – measured by the total amount of sleep, the degree of awakening during the night, and most importantly, how long it takes to get to sleep – may have more serious health consequences for women than for men,” Edward Suarez, the study leader said.

After discovering this association, the researchers tried to look closer at the issue and find possible causes and factors that play a role in the discovered phenomena. They developed a theory that possibly, the hormones can be behind the differences between sleep needs of men and women. With age, more and more women experience hormonal shifts and changes linked to the approaching menopause and other processes in their body. Obviously, men do not suffer the same kind of changes. That is why, the scientists are convinced, women need more sleep and must do everything possible to avoid a lack of sleep since it is linked to much higher level of distress and increased levels of hostility. Actually, the experts are convinced that it is impossible to say that men do not suffer from distress and feelings of tiresome if they have a lack of sleep. But the stated links are much stronger in women.

Certainly, it is not the first study of the effects of sleep deprivation and insufficient amounts of sleep on women. It was discovered before that those modern time’s ladies who suffer from chronic lack of sleep and other sleep disorders have quite high risks of chronic depression and developing serious cardiovascular problems. Compared to men, women were found to be more prone to the mentioned risks. There is no need in mentioning negative effects of poor sleep on women’s skin and beauty. Therefore, those ladies who want to look stunning, remain beautiful for many years, avoid stresses and depression, as well as prevent serious health conditions should do everything possible to guarantee themselves good night sleep of at least 7.5 – 8 hours a day. It is also strongly recommended to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, regardless of its being a week day or a weekend day.

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