Do women need more sleep than men?


Women may need more sleep during certain phases of their menstrual cycle due to hormonal fluctuations. Dr. Gina Poe highlights that during high estrogen phases, women often get less but more efficient sleep. Meanwhile, in other hormonal phases, women might need more sleep to achieve the same restorative benefits 1.

Researchers like emphasize the general importance of consistent sleep for hormone balance and overall health. Both males and females should aim for 6-8 hours of quality sleep nightly to support mental and physical well-being 2.

In summary, while there aren't extensive studies specifically comparing sleep needs of men and women, hormonal phases in women can influence their sleep quality and duration needs.

Sleep and Hormones

Gina explains how high hormonal phases of the menstrual cycle lead to less but more efficient sleep, with denser and more coherent sleep spindles and a bigger theta cycle. Andrew discusses the importance of studying biological sex as a variable in sleep studies, and how hormones can greatly impact behavior.

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