52 percent of women are rating their sleep quality as "bad" or "very bad", revealed a study conducted by The Sunday Times which polled about 1,162 women and while people may think that young children and snoring partners are to be blamed for these, these aren't the only reasons. On the other hand, men are sleeping much better and longer than women on average.
Women in their 30s are suffering the most
Whether it's worrying about work, relationships and children, women are affected by stress much differently than men, not to mention that women are burdened with more worries than their male partners. Some might say that this may be a self-reported phenomenon by women alone, however, science has proved this to be true. The American Psychological Association stated that while men and women face stressors in their daily life, women more than men have more severe physical and psychological symptoms due to these and this is greatly affecting their quality of sleep. From pregnancy to menopause to anxiety, a night of deep sleep is what all women want. The report also revealed that women in their 30s are the ones who are suffering the most due to the fact that many of them become parents for the first time and are juggling work and family life. However, women under 25 also suffer from sleep deprivation due to increased levels of stress due to their careers. Interestingly, the only age group of women who said that they enjoyed a good night's rest were women in their mid-sixties.
The more you work, the more sleep you need
However, do women need more sleep than men, well, Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science Of Sleep, said, "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 - they do lots at once and are flexible - and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater." While not all of us can wait until our mid-sixties in order to sleep well, is there anything that can be done today? Try taking a warm shower before going to bed and eat a light meal for dinner, since a heavy meal can interfere with falling asleep due to digestion. Also, try to stay away from caffeinated drinks both hot and cold and try to stay away from smartphones, computers, and television before bedtime. More importantly, try to go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time in the morning each day.
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