According to newest scientific studies, women have brains that are far more complex than male brains, meaning that they need more sleep. Professor Jim Horne who is the director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University has a specific explanation on how important sleeping is.
According to Prof. Horne, women who lack sleep are more likely to become affected by hostility, depression, anger and psychological distress. He writes about this in detail in his book “Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science of Sleep”.
He also added that one of the major functions of sleeping is to allow the brain to repair and recover itself. The cortex – part of brain which is responsible for thought, memory, and language and so on goes into recovery mode.
The more we use our brain during the day, the more rest it will require to recover from it all. Since women tend to multi-task – an action which requires the brain to be more flexible, they use more brain than men do. This is why they need to sleep more.
Even a man that has a complex job which involves decision-making and lateral thinking, may need more sleep than the average man, but not more sleep than the average woman
This is a result of women’s brains being wired differently than men, more complex which requires their sleep to be greater. Although the average sleep is just 20 more minutes, this can still make a difference.
Women Need More Than 8 Hours of Sleep
Most women tend to multi-task and stretch their brains, meaning that the standard recommended 8 hours of sleep won’t cut it for them.
Improving Your Sleep Quality
Down below we’re going to present you a few ways to get a good quality sleep. Keep in mind that some of these tips may not be suitable for everyone, as we’re all different.
- Routine Sleep
Setting a sleep routine or a schedule when to get up and when to go to bed will greatly help you stay organized and get enough sleep.
- Avoiding Stimulating Foods
Some foods can act as stimulants, meaning that you must avoid such foods before going to bed. Some of these foods include caffeine, theobromine (cacao, chocolate or sugar). These foods can even cause insomnia.
The brains of women work non-stop meaning that they often have difficulty sleeping. This however can be easily treated with meditation as it can help the brain settle and relax.
Yoga poses can do wonders in preparing the body for a good rest, which is why practicing yoga is highly recommended to insomniacs.
Experts claim that melatonin can help you get a better good night sleep. Take 1-3 mg. of melatonin an hour before going to bed.