Science has confirmed that women have more complex brains, which suggests that they need more sleep.
Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University has a specific explanation on the importance of sleeping.
According to Jim Horne: “For women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger,” and “These feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.”
Horne is author of the book A Journey through the Science of Sleep, where he exemplifies that one of the major functions of sleep is to let the brain recover and repair itself. And, during deep sleep, the part of the brain responsible for thought memory, language, etc. 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.”
“This is because women’s brains are wired differently from men’s and are more complex, so their sleep need will be slightly greater. The average is 20 minutes more, but some women may need slightly more or less than this.”
Basically, women’s brains are typically more complex and thus need more time to relax and recover during the night.
How to better your sleep quality
Try some of the following methods and decide which one helps you the most, because, not everyone is the same:
– Routine sleep
— Set a sleep routine, so the brain recognizes the need to slow down and relax. In this way, you will sleep much better at night.
– Avoid Stimulating Foods
— There are some stimulants in our foods that should be avoided before bed like caffeine (coffee), theobromine (cacao or chocolate) and sugar. Such stimulants can make falling asleep more difficult.
— Many women have a hard time falling asleep because their brains will not stop. Practicing simple meditation will help the brain settle and prepare for relaxation.
— Yoga postures prepare the body for a good rest, which is why practicing yoga is often recommended to insomniacs. Try these 6 Relaxing Yoga Poses to Help You Sleep.
— Experts agree that melatonin helps you sleep better. Doses of 1-3 mg of melatonin work best, preferably an hour before bedtime.