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For women, insomnia is a side effect of using their brain more than men

A couple of weeks ago, we asked if insomnia was sexist. Now we know that not only are women more susceptible to insomnia than men, apparently women need 20 minutes more sleep than the average man.

The reason for this? Apparently because women tend to multi-task, they use more of their brain than men do. This comes at a cost - as a woman's brain consequently needs more time asleep to recover.

You can read more about this over at Mail Online. The article goes into a lot more detail as to why insomnia appears to be more prevalent in women than in men and shares a lot of statistics comparing sleep in men and women.

We want to ask our female readers a few questions. Is using more of your brain worth the added sleep requirement? Do you think that women are more susceptible to insomnia than men? If so, why? Is it really down to 'brain multi-tasking'?!

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Last updated: April 30, 2010

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    February 15, 2011, 1:16 am

    If insomnia is more prevalent in women, why are men studied rather more than are women? I do know more male sleep apneacs than women, and maybe that’s been the frontliner of the studies thus far. Dunno.

  • Martin Reed
    February 12, 2010, 11:51 am

    I think you’re right on the money, Ursula. As for that report you mention – I wouldn’t be surprised, either.

  • Ursula
    February 9, 2010, 11:23 pm

    As much as I would like to crack a joke, and say how brilliant we are…fact is, many women work, raise kids, take care of the house/yard, and even go to school — it’s a miracle if we even have time to sleep.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if a study showed that women were conditioning their bodies to go without sleep more often, even if it deteriorates our health.