Ladies, good news. You know have an official reason to extend your beauty sleep! According to a new study by Dr. Jim Horne, Britain’s leading sleep expert, women require more sleep than men. In fact, Dr. Horne suggests women need at least 20 minutes of extra sleep than the average man.
Why do women require more sleep than men? It comes down to the busy, multitasking brain of a woman. “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,” Dr. Horne said in an article published on the Daily Mail. “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.”
Dr. Horne went on to say that even a male who has a complex job and thinks heavily throughout the day still doesn’t need as much sleep as the average woman. “This is because women’s brains are wired differently from men’s and are more complex, so their sleep need will be slightly greater,” he says.
Although women need an average of 20 minutes more sleep, some women may need more or less.
Any excuse to sleep longer is okay by me!