Studies show that women actually require 20 minutes more sleep than their male counterparts in order to operate at an optimal level. The reason? Jim Horne, the former director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University explains that this is a result of the increased likelihood that women will be multi-tasking throughout their day. He states that women “do lots at once and are flexible – and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep is greater.” That’s right ladies, it’s finally been said – women use more of our brains because we multitask!
Unfortunately, experts report that a number of men and women aren’t getting the sleep that they required. In fact, 45% of Americans say that their poor or insufficient sleep has had an impact on their day to day activities at least once in the last 7 days according to the National Sleep Foundation. In a 2014 study, they found that 16% of men reported that they didn’t wake up feeling well-rested even once in the past 7 days, while this same concern was voiced by 24% of women.
Ultimately, this means that women require more sleep each night, however, are reporting that they are not getting a good, well-rested sleep more often than the men that were questioned. The situation doesn’t sound very promising for all us ladies, leaving us tired, worn down and desperate for a good night’s sleep.
Furthermore, scientists say that lack of sleep is a condition that is more dangerous for women than it is for their male friends and family members. Research by the University of Warwick and University College London (UCL) focused on tracking a number of inflammatory markers, which indicate that an individual is at a higher risk for coronary heart disease. Their findings showed that women had lower levels of a number of these markers including Interleukin-6 and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. This would mean that women who get less sleep are at a higher risk of health problems.
Good news – Experts have found a solution!
In a recent article for the New York Times, it was revealed that the key to accomplishing a more productive workday is actually to allow your employees to take a 20-minute nap during their workday. The 20-minute timeline is perfect, allowing your brain to relax and recuperate while also avoiding the phenomenon of ‘sleep inertia,’ a period immediately following a longer nap in which the individual feels groggy and sluggish.
If you are struggling to get through your workday, put this key information to work! A quick 20-minute nap in the middle of the workday will allow you to be more alert, productive and ready to take on whatever life may throw your way. Whether you are curling up under your desk, or in your care out in the parking lot, just be sure to set an alarm so you don’t pass the 20-minute mark! It’s the news we all wanted to hear and will be more than happy to share with our employers – Napping for 20-minutes during the workday will make you a better employee!