psychology

According to Study, Women Need More Sleep Than Men Because Of Their More Complex Brains

Women and men are different in many ways and one of the many differences lie on the amount of sleep each needs. on average, women need 20 minutes of extra sleep daily. Research explains that this is because women have more “complex” brains than their male counterparts.

“One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself,” says a sleep expert and former director of Sleep Research Center at Loughborough University, Professor Jim Horne. ”During deep sleep, the cortex  –  the part of the brain responsible for thought memory, language and so on  –  disengages from the senses and goes into recovery mode.”

 “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. 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. A man who has a complex job that involves a lot of decision-making and lateral thinking may also need more sleep than the average male –  though probably still not as much as a woman.” Horne adds

Horne explains that women’ brains are wired differently than that of men. This makes women’s average slumber time higher than that of men. “The average is 20 minutes more, but some women may need slightly more or less than this,” he said.

These findings also explain why men’s brains age faster than that of women as Horne explains:

 “A typical 75-year-old woman has a comparable brain age to a 70-year-old man. We are unsure why. The fact that a woman’s brain tends to get more time to relax and repair itself may explain it.”

To carry out the research, a sample of 210 men and women was randomly selected and their sleeping patterns analyzed. The results indicated that some side effects including: increased levels of psychological distress, greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger resulted in poor sleeping habits in women but didn’t affect men as such. Therefore, men are advised to let their wives and girlfriends get adequate sleep as recommended.

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