If you’ve ever wondered why your boyfriend’s always springing out of bed before you on those lazy Sunday mornings, then we’ve got news for you.
Because it turns out, women need more sleep than men. 20 minutes more a night, to be exact.
Yep, Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre have conducted the survey that proves we need more shut-eye than men, with the study’s director telling the New York Post:
‘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.’
‘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.’
Well, whaddya know?! So we’re totally within our rights to demand that extra long lie-in, then? WIN.
We mean, it makes sense. Us women are known for our impressive ability to multi-task, which we tend to rely on hugely when juggling work/socialising/partners/children… We mean, the list goes on.
‘One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself,’ says Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University.
‘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.’
This doesn’t mean that men aren’t affected by this issue altogether – men with demanding jobs that require alot of lateral thinking may also leave them needing extra sleep.
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As a solution, the study also recommends that we pack in the naps to help, although it’s important to make sure they’re not longer than 90 minutes long, as this only encourages sleepiness. *Sigh*.