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Science says women need more sleep than men

  • Published at 10:27 am March 30th, 2016
Science says women need more sleep than men

Hamza Arefin, 39, says his wife is always tired from one thing or the other. "I may have a big night out planned for the two of us, but by the time the clock hits 8, she is already yawning."    "Many a time, it's me having to put our 5-year-old to sleep and I am not such a pro at it like her," he chuckles about it.    Sonia Mahfuz, 42, believes she has been suffering from some kind of a sleep disorder. "I always feel groggy. I can hardly get myself out of bed in the morning."    Ashiq Mahfuz, 47, her husband added to that by saying: "I know she is overworked having to take care of our three children all day, but I work pretty hard too, I have a 9-5 job, six days a week."    Well, here's news for you guys! Your other half does not have a sleep disorder, she just needs more sleep than you do.    According to a recent survey (published on themindsjournal.com), women suffered from major health issues due to lack of sleep, when compared to men.    The survey, that had a sample size of 210 middle aged men and women, concluded that, "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."    Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Center at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring: A Journey Through the Science of Sleep says: "One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself. 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."    He adds to that: "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."    The study concludes that the primary reason why women need more sleep is because their brains are more complex and wired differently when compared to that of men's. Which is why they need more time to unwind and recover overnight.

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