Who sleeps better: Men or women?
Normally our questions about sleep usually revolve around age: How much sleep do adults need? Is five hours of sleep enough? How much more sleep do children need? However, does length and quality of sleep also depend on whether you’re male or female?
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, who wins the battle of the sexes? TEMPUR® investigates…
How much sleep do I need?
With regards to the basics of sleep, the average adult requires between seven and nine hours of sleep each night to function properly. Children and teenagers need more sleep than adults, usually somewhere between eight to ten hours.
Routine and quality are vital; if you are getting the ‘correct’ amount of sleep for your age, but only a couple of nights a week, you may still feel the negative effects of lack of sleep. Likewise, if you are getting the right amount of sleep, but your sleep is broken or interrupted this may have consequences to your health.
Sleeping next to a partner
If you sleep next to your partner, you may be familiar with the scenario of one person falling asleep straight away, while the other lies awake, unable to drift off. Occasionally this can be attributed to factors such as one person snoring, but sometimes sleep issues can come down to being male or female.
In fact, studies have shown that women are more likely to have trouble falling and staying asleep than men. Further, more women reported sleep issues such as insomnia. This may be due to differences in female hormones such as progesterone and oestrogen keeping women awake for longer. Some studies have even suggested that women may sleep more lightly than men due to getting up in the night numerous times to check and care for their children.
Similarly, women tend to deal with thoughts and feelings in a different way to men; which can lead to lying awake with their thoughts for longer to try and process them, whereas men are more likely to hit the pillow and switch off immediately. Women also multitask more than men, which means that they use their brains more throughout the day and feel more tired as a result.
Research has suggested that women need twenty minutes more sleep than men to be happy and healthy.
How to sleep in harmony
If you struggle with your quality of sleep, or if you have a partner who does, it may be time to take matters into your own hands.
A good start is investing in a high-quality mattress. If your mattress is uncomfortable, it’s likely going to cause problems when it comes to your shut-eye. You should make sure to choose a mattress that offers the right amount of comfort and support for your body to ensure a cosy night’s sleep.
The next step is to implement a good sleep routine. Try going to bed at the same time each night, and reduce your use of phones, laptops and TV to calm your mind ready for sleep. Further, getting up at the same time each day will help you stick to this routine and ensure your body adjusts to feeling tired or awake at certain times each day.
If you struggle to fall asleep, it can be due to feeling stressed. Sometimes we have so much to think about that our brain works on overtime, especially just before we go to bed. Try to unwind with some gentle exercise such as yoga, meditation, a cup of tea, reading a book or listening to relaxing music.
Do you find that you sleep better or worse than your partner? Do you have any tips for improving quality of sleep? Let us know in the comments below…