Who sleeps more – you or your spouse? According to a new study from England, women need an average of 20 minutes more sleep than men, and there’s a reason for it. The study, reported in the UK’s Daily Mail, said it’s because women need more time to rest their brains. Don’t laugh…
“One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself,’ says Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science Of Sleep.
‘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.