Although many couples go to bed together for a good night’s rest, what happens when they close their eyes is quite different. Here are five ways that women and men are different when the lights go down and the eyes close.
1. Sleepless nights happen more for women. Women experience insomnia 2-3 times more often than men. Peri-menopause and menopause may be the culprit to a good nights’ rest for ladies ages 30 and over, but other hormonal factors can be at work. Additionally women tend to hold onto social issues while they sleep where insomnia may be the result.
2. Sleep apnea happens more for men. Men are twice as likely to have their slumber interrupted by sleep apnea, which is a chronic condition, characterized by brief episodes of restricted breathing. However, according to the National Sleep Foundation, obstructive sleep apnea in women is commonly mistaken for depression, diabetes, hypertension or a host of other conditions. Hence, male reports are higher.
3. Women fall asleep faster but wake up earlier as well. According to a recent article in the National Academy of Sciences, circadian rhythms are different from male to females. Circadian rhythm is based on the daylight to nighttime sequences, which effect melatonin levels, body temperature and hormonal changes in the body. These changes effect sleep cycles. The study showed that women wake an hour earlier than men. This also showed that women fall asleep earlier than men.
4. Women still get it done while sleep deprived. Although any mom with a newborn knows that sleep deprivation is not an excuse that slows you down. According to a new study, they can do it better than a man. One study showed that women tend to perform better on less sleep than men. This interesting phenomenon may be due to the shorter sleep cycle that women experience on a regular basis.
5. Bedtime rituals are key to good sleep. Whether you’re female or male, a good bedtime ritual can help improve your sleep. Turn out the lights, shut off the TV and keep your phone away from your bed. Opt for heavy blankets with a cool room, and don’t forget a good bedtime story.