Why Women Need More Sleep Than Men, According To Science

Why Women Need More Sleep Than Men, According To Science

Do you know that according to scientific studies women, when compared to men, need more sleep to think and function better?

Hear that, guys?

Couples will sometimes fight over who sleeps in more. And according to a study, it turns out your wife should be the one sleeping in, not you. The study examined 210 middle-aged men and women and found that women suffered greater health issues from lack of sleep than men.

“We found 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.”

“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 Center at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science of Sleep. “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.”

He continues, “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 … and so, they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.”

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But why do women need more sleep than men?

“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.”

So in every sense, yes, women’s brains are more complex and need more time to relax and recover overnight.


So, there you go. Studies have proved that women indeed need more sleep than men. So, go and tuck yourself in for a good night’s sleep!

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Why Women Need More Sleep Than Men, According To Science
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59 thoughts on “Why Women Need More Sleep Than Men, According To Science”

  1. “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 … and so, they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.”

    RESPONSE: They are not even acknowledging that the interdepartmental spatial-reasoning processes that go on in the restless minds of male polymaths transcends that of any other demographic of the human race. Link that with 90 minutes of daily cardiovascular activity and 90 minutes of weight-training and you are left with a sorry bundle of battered cells that can barely function the next day without adequate opportunity for a complete and restful recovery.

    “So in every sense, yes, women’s brains are more complex, and need more time to relax and recover overnight.”

    RESPONSE: Women are more gossip and drama-prone, and therefore exhaust themselves too much over nonsense for which their bodies will need additional sleep.

    1. I I was totally on board with ya til you went all sexist assholes and labeled all women as people who gossip. Also, shockingly, some women do brain using jobs, some go to the gym……. and OMG some do both. Don’t be a dick.

    2. Says the guy that probably spent like 40 mins on his post after googling something to make it sound like he’s an intellectual only to be the one starting the shit.
      Go back to bed asshole. Us ladies have ACTUAL shit to do today.

  2. “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.”, Nya Wairau; Jude Winter

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