Hear that, guys?
Couples will sometimes fight over who sleeps in more. And according to a study, it turns out your wife should be the one sleeping in, not you. The study examined 210 middle aged men and women, and found that women suffered greater health issues from lack of sleep than men.
“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 Center 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.”
He continues, “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 … and so, they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.”
But why do women need more sleep than men?
So in every sense, yes, women’s brains are more complex, and need more time to relax and recover overnight.