WEB DESK: Are you always complaining to your husband that you are more exhausted than him. Would it give you more comfort to know that research proves that women are worse sleepers than men?
According to research by the National Sleep Foundation, women are worse sleepers than men. Its recent survey found 63 per cent of women experience insomnia a few times a week, compared with 54 per cent of men.
The difference called the gender sleep gap—may be because women are programmed to be light sleepers—so that they can wake up when the baby needs them.
“Women also need to sleep more than men, at least 20 minutes more to fulfill their sleep needs,” said Professor Jim Horner, of Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre.
Once woken up, women find it much harder to get back to sleep than men, according to research at the University of Surrey.
The study found 18 per cent of women had a bad night’s sleep at least five days a week, compared with only 8 per cent of men.
Most reported having difficulty sleeping because they were worrying. A warm bath before bed is relaxing, and also means you’ll experience a drop in body temperature when you get out of the water, which helps the brain prepare for sleep.
It may sound counter-intuitive, but if you can’t sleep, try to focus on staying awake. Research from the University of Glasgow found that reverse psychology helped some insomniacs fall asleep.
We all change sleeping position about 20 times a night, but men seem to shift around more than women, according to Professor Jim Horne.
Since men tend to weigh more than women, their movements are more likely to result in their partner being woken up.
‘Opt to sleep with separate duvets,’ says Sammy Margo, a chartered physiotherapist.
Getting a bigger bed may also help – especially zip and link beds, which join two single mattresses together.
Being heavier, men are also more likely to snore. If night-time noise is ruining your rest, the only solution may be to banish him to the spare room.