Study Says Women Need More Sleep Than Men, Because “They Use More of Their Actual Brain”

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Do you constantly feel like you need to catch up on some zzz’s? We feel ya, sister. Fortunately, a study showed that our female intuition is true: We DO need more sleep! In fact, we need more sleep than the men in our lives.

According to researchers at Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center in Leicestershire, England, women’s brains work harder and need an additional 20 minutes of sleep compared to men. “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,” says Professor Jim Horne, the director of the Sleep Research Center.

The researchers, who followed the sleep pattern of 210 middle-aged men and women, found that women are more affected by a lack of sleep. “For women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger,” said Horne. “In contrast, these feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.”

Also remember, these findings were solely based on the 210 sample size. Sleep can vary between each individual and household.

Who’s the sleepy one in your family? Tell us in the comments below! 

H/T: NY Post