Do women need more sleep than men?

Women need more sleep than men

Concluded in a recent study that YES; Women do need more sleep at night compared to men.

Let me explain more.

Researchers carried out a study on 210 healthy men and women in Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre. The aim was to understand their sleeping patterns better. Especially the links between being sleep deprived and suffering with, or from, chronic diseases. The study found that women require about 20 minutes more sleep a night than men. Also, proving when inadequate sleep in women occurred, through either just poor sleep or sleep-related problems, made women at a much higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The reason behind this is hormones.

Hormones that are specific in playing this role in this gender difference are testosterone and oestrogen. A leading endocrinologist Dr. Sonia Davison shares how women have much less testosterone than men, decreasing from its peak levels at around the age of 18. Beginning to reduce in level around age 65 leads to a link between lower energy levels, fatigue, and reduced general well-being due to the low levels of testosterone.

The levels of oestrogen fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle in reproductive-aged women. Which then starts to fall from the mid to late ’40s. They are leading to that drastic reduction around the time of their menopause. It also recorded that when oestrogen levels are low, poor sleep and reported lower energy levels raising. Examples of these types would be before and during a period, when breastfeeding, or around menopause. These results also show more research and knowledge of the why & how to be examined more deeply.

Improvements you can make now

To improve your sleep, try the following recommendations by Lisa Gargaro Sleep Co:

A ‘wind down time’ before going to bed, at least 30 minutes, ideally 1 hour before you start your bedtime routine. Reading or listening to music are excellent means to do this

Avoid using screens at least 1 hour before bed. TV, computers, and mobile phones later in the evening is not good. If this is not possible, consider blue reducing glasses.

Dimming all lights by using low watts bulbs of 25 gets the best result. For at least 2 hours before bedtime.

Keeping where possible to a regular bedtime

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