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Let Her Sleep! Why Women Need More Sleep Than Men
Women are more likely to multi-task. According to leading neuroscientist Jim Horne, women tend to multitask more often than men- which means that their brains are working overtime to make sure everything and everyone is taken care of. Due in part to biological maternal instinct and reproductive function, a woman’s brain is more prepared to jump from task to task and therefore needs more rest than her male counterpart.
Although studies show that men in more mentally demanding jobs need more sleep than the average male due to the stress of making decisions, women tend to carry more of that decision-making stress by virtue of their anatomy. Not only is a woman’s ability to multitask a biological function created to help manage the dual stress of life and reproduction, but in a progressive world where women are more likely to be apart of the workforce while raising their children, women are even more likely to lose sleep than men.
- Hormonal fluctuation. From menstrual cycles to pregnancy to menopause, hormones have a huge impact on a woman’s sleep. Not only are these changes uncomfortable, but they can also often be downrightpainful, as well as causing low energy and mood swings.
Of course, lack of sleep also causes low energy and mood swings, so it can be a terrible cycle of bodily pain and hormonal insomnia pointing to a lack of sleep, which can lead to increased low energy and mood swings.
So When a lady in your life says she needs to take a nap, don’t question why: ask if she’d like you to tuck her in.
In a perfect world, a woman would be able to take a vacation every time one of the many hormonal changes occurred to her body and mind, but the show must go on. Luckily enough, a woman’s brain is wired to survive through these changes and the demands of her daily life, but women are more likely to experience sleep deprivation because of the combination.
Have a nightly routine.Whether it be lighting a candle and reading a book before bed or doing a nightly face mask and drinking some decaffeinated tea, signaling to your body and brain that it’s time to relax will help you fall asleep quicker.
- Exercise. If you’re a working mom or just a busy woman, taking time to go to the gym or get outside can seem frivolous and even more exhausting, but even a brisk walk outside can help clear the mind and relax your body, making those anxious before bed thoughts less likely to intrude on your bedtime.
- Stay Cool. If you have to turn the fan on, use a lighter blanket, or take your socks off, do what it takes to keep your sleep space cool, as your body will get warmer when you sleep. And, shameless plug- having a mattress that keeps you effortlessly cool and doesn’t keep all the toxins you sweat out at night stored in its fluff is equally important to consistent, deep sleep.