It is confirmed by science that women have more complex brain. That suggests they need more sleep. Professor J.Horne, director of Sleep Research Centre, has a specific explanation of importance of sleeping. He found that poor sleep of women is strongly associated with high level of psychological distress, greater feelings of hostility or depression and anger and these feelings are not associated with same degree of sleep disruption in men.
This professor also wrote book Sleepfaring –Journey through Science of Sleep. He says major responsibility of sleep is to allow the brain to repair and recover itself. Cortex- part that is responsible for memory and language is disengages itself and goes to recovery mode.
If you use brain more at day time, more it needs to recover and it takes more sleep. Women are multitasking, and their brain is more used then men do. That is why women need for sleep is greater. Also men that have complex job, many decision making or lateral thinking also may need more sleep, more that average male, but still not as women.
Women have need for more than 8 hours
It is highly recommended to take sleep at least 8 hours. 7 hours are usually suffice, but Professor J. Horne explains – women’s brain wired differently from men’s, thus are more complex and their sleep need will be greater.
What makes woman’s brain more complex?
Women are used to do multi-tasking, unlike men and expose their brains to more activities.
What happens to Tired Men?
Professor explained that man who are decision-making need more sleep than average man, and it is still less than average woman.
How can sleep quality be Improved
We are all different and these tips may not work for all, but try them
Routine sleep — Set your sleep routine, and so brain recognizes need to slow down and to relax. This improves night sleep.
Avoid Stimulating Foods — caffeine in coffee, theobromine in cacao or chocolate, and also sugar are stimulants that affect good night’s sleep and often lead to insomnia.
Meditation — Women’s brain works non-stop and it makes many women have difficulty sleeping. Meditation can do great help, as it helps brain to settle and get in state of deep relaxation.
Yoga — Yoga postures prepares body for a good rest and yoga is often recommended to insomniacs. We recommend trying these 6 Relaxing Yoga Poses
Melatonin — Experts confirmed that melatonin helps sleep better and doses of 1-3 mg of melatonin are working best, preferably one hour before bedtime.