Blog - Women need more sleep than men because their brains are more com

By Matthew Manning: 10 Feb 2017

Women everywhere are happy that science has proven what they've known all along: they need more sleep than men because their brains work more complexly.

It may not seem like too much more, but women on average need 20 minutes more in bed every night to make up for the loads of extra processing they do. According to research, the brains in females tend to be wired to successfully juggle several tasks at one time while male brains suffer in this capacity.

This is in no way a comprehensive description of all male versus female brains, but merely a conclusion of the average brain supported by research. The study in question involved 210 middle-aged men and women whose sleep patterns and daily schedules were examined to determine cause and effect.

Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, says:  "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 and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater. A man who has a complex job that involves a lot of decision-making and lateral thinking may also need more sleep than the average male - though probably still not as much as a woman."