Why Do Women Need More Sleep Than Men?
Did you know that your gender may affect how much sleep you need to maximize your productivity? That’s right, and according to recent data, women usually require more sleep than men.
Sleep science experts say the average woman needs about 20 more minutes of sleep than the average man – and perhaps for good reason. Edward Suarez, an associate professor at the Duke University School of Medicine, told Shape Magazine that poor sleep frequently has a bigger impact on women than men. Suarez cited a recent sleep study that showed reduced sleep in women was associated with a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes, along with additional stress, depression, anger and anxiety.
Nothing beats a great night’s sleep, regardless of whether you’re a man or woman. However, women face certain obstacles to getting sufficient sleep due to biological differences unique to the female body.
Factors that may impact a woman’s sleep include:
- Sleep problems during pregnancy due to excess weight and the position of the fetus.
- Hot flashes related to menopause.
- cramps, headaches, and bloating during a woman’s
So what can women do to minimize sleep problems? The National Sleep Foundation offers the following recommendations:
Exercise Every Day. Regular exercise will help you remain active and healthy, and ultimately, may make it easier to go to bed feeling tired and sleep throughout the night.
Limit Alcohol and Caffeine Intake. Excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption throughout the day or in the hours prior to bedtime can make it tough for you to fall asleep. Conversely, those who limit alcohol and caffeine intake may be better equipped to get the rest they need night after night.
Modify Your Sleep Environment. Loud noises, bright lights or other distractions may keep you up at night. But those who spend some time creating a calm, relaxing sleep environment could reap the benefits of a great night’s rest consistently.
Let’s not forget about how your mattress can affect your sleep patterns, either. If you try to sleep on an old, uncomfortable mattress, you’re unlikely to get the rest you need to maximize your productivity and efficiency.