If your partner woke up this morning grouchy, you should understand her. In fact, the best thing you can do for her is to convince her to spend some more time in bed.
Scientists from Duke University in Durham found that women need more sleep than men. And chances are that they don’t sleep enough.
Women suffer more, physically and mentally, if they are forced to deny their needed sleep. In addition to their increased risk of heart disease, depression and mental health problems, women deprived of sleep have additional factors for blood clotting, which can lead to stroke. They also have more markers of inflammation, which indicate the development of health problems.
If the inflammatory markers are linked with a feeling of pain, women can literally wake up in pain, says sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus.
And that’s a pretty good reason that every woman feels out of sorts.
On the other hand, it seems that the health status of men doesn’t depend on how much they sleep.
During the research, men haven’t shown increased risk of developing diseases that affect women without enough sleep.
“We found that women are more depressed and less friendly early in the morning,” says Dr. Breus.
If that sounds familiar, you can find the culprits in the lack of sleep and the fact that women are particularly vulnerable to its effects. What advises Dr. Breus?
If you unable to sleep overnight, you doze off during the day strategically. However, the daily rest should last between 25 and 90 minutes, otherwise you feel worse when you wake up, he warns.
This is not the first time that scientists have warned that women need more sleep than men.
One of the leading experts in the UK found that women need 20 minutes more sleep because of women’s multi-tasking brain.
‘One of the main functions of sleep is to allow the brain to rest and recover”, says Professor Jim Horne, director of the Center for Sleep Research at Britain’s Loughborough University.
“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 are prone to perform more tasks at once and are flexible, so they use more brain than men. That is why they need more sleep. ”
“Men who do complex tasks that need to make a lot of decisions and lateral thinking also require more sleep than the average male – although probably still not as much as a woman,” Horne said.