Women need more sleep than men, research shows
Published 14/10/2016 | 09:29
Women need more sleep than men because the female brain works harder during the day, research shows.
Scientists found that women need around 20 minutes more sleep per night than men because of their multi-tasking brain.
“One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself,” Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, told the Mail Online.
“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.”
Professor Horne explained that a man who has a complex job that requires a lot of decision making may need more sleep than the average man, although probably not as much as a woman.
He also explained that some women may need more or less than an extra 20 minutes sleep, while the average adult needs between six and eight hours of sleep per night.
“But individual needs differ greatly - some people can get by easily on six hours while others can't.”
“What is important is that people have enough sleep to ensure they do not feel excessively sleepy in the day.”