A study from England’s Loughborough University reveals that women need more sleep than men because their brains are more complex.

“For women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression and anger,” said Jim Horne, director of the college’s Speech Research Center. The data from the sleep of men did not show the same levels of distress in sleep disruption.

According to the professor,  women’s brains are needed to perform more complex tasks on a daily basis. They are wired differently and are more complex, so the need for sleep is greater. Women tend to multitask more than men, which requires their brain to overwork and need more recovery time.

The average woman, according to Horne, needs about 20 more minutes of sleep than men. The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting regular exercise, setting night and wake up times, limiting caffeine and alcohol intake, and improving your overall sleep environment.

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