Gender May Affect Quality of Sleep

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Having trouble sleeping at night? As unfair as it seems, which gender you are may in fact be affecting your quality of sleep. A study published in the journal Sleep Medicine surveyed 8,480 people about their sleep habits.  Questions about when they fell asleep, how long they slept, and if they experienced any difficulties drifting off. According to the survey, women slept, on average, eleven minutes less than men. Female participants also reported having more trouble sleeping than their male counterparts.

Interestingly, women would be in bed about fifteen minutes longer than men, but reported about eleven minutes less spent sleeping.

The study correlates with other studies that have shown that women have a worse time sleeping than men, according to lead study author Yue Leng, a Ph.D student of the department of public health and primary care in the University of Cambridge. “One reason might be that women feel more pressure to balance work and family, and the stress could disrupt their sleep patterns,” says Leng.

All that said, it is possible that this may or may not apply to women that are younger than the age of 45. The study included only women aged 45 and greater.

What are your thoughts?

Sources: Women’s Health Magazine, Yawn Central

Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth Shaw

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  1. colleen

    when my kids were young i didnt sleep good as my brain was still active and any noise would wake me. I listened for them. now that they are grown and gone i sleep better. now i sleep good!!

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