A recent study made by researchers from Duke University in North Carolina states that women need more sleep than men and that they tend to suffer more, mentally and physically, than men If they have to wake up suddenly. When women don’t sleep enough or have to wake up without having rested properly, their body swells which makes them to be in pain. According to the research, the quality of rest is directly related to the risk of suffering from heart diseases, depression and psychological problems. However, they also state that men health doesn’t seem to be connected to the length or quality of their sleep.
Other studies say that all these differences between men and women come from women brain’s activity. Women have a multi-tasking brain which is able to perform multiple activities simultaneously; that’s why their brain requires from more time to rest and recover which makes obvious why the recovering sleep is so vital for them. One of the main functions of sleeping is that, while resting, the cerebral cortex (the outermost sheet of the brain and the one in charge of thought, memory, language, attention and consciousness) disconnects from the senses and moves into a recovery stage.
Thus, in general women tend to perform several activities at the same time, which means that they use a wider part of the brain than men. That’s why they need to sleep more than them. Generally speaking, women tend to need at least 20 more minutes of sleep than men, though it depends on each one’s lifestyle and body. In case of not getting enough rest at night, specialists recommend to have short naps (25 to 90 minutes) to compensate it.