All the tired ladies: it's official, you don’t need to be sorry for needing more sleep than your male counterparts!
Have you asked yourself recently why you're still wary after a good nights sleep, all-the-while your husband or boyfriend has already been awake for hours and probably participated in some early morning activities? Getting jealous of his energy levels or feeling regretful about your tendency to 'oversleep' is definitely a waste of energy and time.
After all, it has recently been scientifically proven that women need more sleep than men. But wouldn’t it be nice to feel more energetic and motivated after a long sleep? And why in the world are women affected in this way?
Well, according to recent research conducted by Professor Jim Horne, a sleep neuroscientist and former Director of Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center, there is finally a proven reason for women's increased lethargy, compared to men.
His study suggests that if women do not get enough sleep they may suffer psychological feelings of distress. Whereas, men do not experience the same effects when faced with a lack of sleep. Men can get along easily with less sleep.
Now, by now you are definitely keen to find out WHY? Drum roll, please...
“Women tend to multi-task – they do lots at once and are flexible – and so they use more areas of their brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep needs are greater," believes the Professor.
In the study of 210 middle-aged men and women, Professor Horne also discovered another interesting finding: “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."
Therefore, for men whose jobs involve decision making and lateral thinking, more sleep may also be needed.
Most women will be glad to know that the debate over whether women need more sleep than men is finally over. And it's nothing to be ashamed of!
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