Sleep Expert Says Women Need More Sleep Than Men

posted: 03/15/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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If you woke up this morning feeling exhausted and reached out to hit that snooze button a few times, it might not have anything to do with Daylight Saving Time. In fact, you could be tired simply because you are a woman!

Researchers have discovered that women actually need more sleep than men because our brains are more complex. As if we needed a study to tell us this!

Researchers at Loughborough University's Sleep Research Center in Leicestershire, England, specialize in improve our understanding of insomnia and chronic sleep disturbances. The vast research tells us that the average adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. However, they've found that women require around 20 minutes more sleep than men, mainly due to how much harder the female brain works during waking hours.

'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," Dr. Jim Horne of the Loughborough University Sleep Research Center told The Daily Mail.

So how can you get more sleep each night? The National Sleep Foundation suggests trying these tips for catching more Z's

1. Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends.
2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual, like mediation or deep breathing.
3. Avoid naps during the day.
4. Exercise daily. Even light exercise is better than no activity.
5. Create a healthy sleep environment. Keep your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees. Eliminate light and distractions--this includes TV, computers, phones, and tablets.
6. Sleep on a comfortable and supportive pillows.
7. If you can't sleep, don't just stay in bed. Go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.

Here's to getting a little bit more shut-eye!