Why woman are more sleep-deprived as compared to men?

Topics: Sleep Apnea, sleeping problem, sleep deprivation

‘I love my bed, my life tends to fall apart when I am awake'- Earnest Hemingway said this and we remarked. Whether you have it all together in the morning or resonate more with Hemingway, we all receive the benefits of a good healthy night's sleep. You might be juggling between different tasks throughout the day especially during lockdown. But if you get a good uninterrupted night sleep, you can enjoy the other day with a whole lot of energy. After all, sleep promotes good memory, fast learning, rejuvenates our mental health, repairs our physical health, reduces stress, and maintains a routine that is necessary for healthy daily goings. But do you know that generally, women are sleep deprived and they do not get good quality sleep as compared to men? Let's just get into the blog and know why women need more sleep and the reasons behind their sleep deprivation.

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Why Do Women Need More Sleep Than Men?

There are several reasons why women need more sleep than men and some of them are listed below-

  • Women are more likely to have insomnia as compared to men. Moreover, women are also more likely to suffer from disorders such as anxiety and depression than men; Individuals with insomnia have difficulty falling or staying asleep regularly, and suffer from sleepiness during the day.
  • During pregnancy, women may develop restless legs syndrome, a condition that makes it harder to fall asleep. They’re also more likely to experience depression, sleep apnea, RLS disrupts their sleep. These sleep issues can appear during the postpartum period also, women start taking care of a new born with an irregular sleep cycle — often resulting in even more daytime sleepiness.
  • Sleep disorder causes pauses in breathing that can interfere with the quality of one’s sleep, even if the person doesn’t wake up. As a result, women with sleep apnea may feel less refreshed upon waking up and experience tiredness and excessive sleepiness during the day.

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Do Women Sleep More Than Men?

You all would agree that women need more sleep as compared to the men of the house. The bad part is that not only the sleep quality is bad but also they sleep for lesser hours. It is because of their routine or how they spend their day. Women are more dedicated to being involved in paid and unpaid labour, work, social responsibilities, and family caregiving. Let's take an example and understand- Women look after their families and work single headedly and they are more likely to wake up early as compared to the men of the house. In the process, they end up sacrificing their sleep.

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Sleep works best- If you take adequate amounts of uninterrupted sleep during night, it works magically for you. During the full night's sleep, a human body cycles through various stages of sleep- from light sleep to deep sleep until the REM stage of sleep and then back again to the first one. With every consequent stage of sleep, a person tends to spend more time dreaming and cognitive body functions but lesser time in deep sleep when human body repairs itself. This is the time when sleep is interrupted and the body had to start whole process all over again, therefore, you lack REM stage or rest eye movement during the sleep.

Lady! If you're experiencing any disturbance in your quality sleep or you're sleep-deprived, get a sleep test done ASAP.

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