12 Legit Reasons Why Women DO Need More Sleep Than Men.
An average 75-year-old woman has the age of a 70-year-old male in terms of brain.
"We are unsure why. The fact that a woman's brain tends to get more time to relax and repair itself may explain it," Horne points out.
Although, suggesting to get more sleep may be easier said than done.
According to the American Academy Of Sleep Medicine, women suffer from sleep problems. From aches and pains while pregnant, nursing and feedings during the night, menopause, and a snoring partner, are just some of the reasons women are not sleeping well.
But how much more sleep does a woman really need?
According to Horne, the average is 20 minutes. This may differ for women with some needing more time and others requiring less.
A Dutch study last year found that women are underestimating the amount of sleep they are getting.
"People will tell you they get only five hours' sleep a night," says Horne. "Yet if you question them further, they tell you they have an hour's nap in the afternoon, which puts them up to six hours. That is probably fine for most people."
Taking a nap during the day may be the solution to feel rested.
"That's how Mrs Thatcher used to survive, though in times of crisis she used to make do with four hours," Horne points out. "Winston Churchill was the same. He famously slept only four hours a night, but used to have two-hour siestas every day."
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