Why Men Sleep Better than Women
A new study recently confirmed what many people already know: women are more prone to sleep disturbances than men. According to the study, there's a link between gender and the internal body clock that regulates sleep.
Researchers compared sleep patterns in 26 study participants—15 men and 11 women. Sleep and alertness were measured at two different points of the women's menstrual cycles, as earlier studies suggest the cycle can affect body temperature and sleep. During the course of the study, none of the participants experienced sleep disturbances; however, researchers were able to determine that women are more likely to fall asleep and wake up earlier and are more likely to feel tired after sleeping than men. Women also are less alert at night than men, perhaps making them less suited for night work.
Although women are twice as likely as men to experience insomnia, sleep problems are common in both men and women. Sleep disturbances can impair function and impact quality of life. More research is needed to develop ways to help both men and women sleep better.
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