The men vs. women showdown continues, with the new battlefront being in the bed!
Okay, that's a little dramatic, but don't you want to know who can handle those sleepless nights better??
It's women, apparently!
Women tend to have more deep sleep and awaken fewer times during the night than men do. They also weather some of the effects of a lack of sleep better than men, according to recent studies. Still, men overall say they are more satisfied with the amount and quality of their shut-eye than are women.
During the study, which involved 157 healthy people, more men had circadian periods longer than 24 hours and therefore were predisposed to want to go to bed later and get up later each day—classic behavior of so-called night owls. By contrast, twice as many women as men had body clocks shorter than 24 hours and therefore wanted to go to bed earlier and get up earlier.
So what can we do about it, regardless of sex, so we can all have a good night sleep and be well rested?
Well, if you're a night owl, get less light before you go to bed and more light in the morning when you want to wake up. For morning people, it's the opposite. Adjust accordingly until you feel refreshed!
This, among other things like keeping fit and limiting caffeine intake, will definitely help out.
Oh, and to those people who "catch up" on sleep during the weekends?
Don't do that. It doesn't help. In fact, that can throw your circadian rhythm even MORE out of whack!
Bummer! Nothing feels better than letting yourself sleep forever on the weekends after a rough week!
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