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Women Need More Sleep Than Men

Update Date: Dec 26, 2013 09:00 AM EST

Women are mostly in multi-tasking mode during the day hence require more sleep to recover their brains than men, a new research has found.

Research performed by scientists at Duke University also showed that sleep deprived women were more likely to suffer from depression and often becomes angry.

“One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself,” said Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, according to Daily Mail.

"During deep sleep, the cortex - the part of the brain responsible for thought, memory, language and so on - disengages from the senses and goes into recovery mode.

“The more of your brain you use during the day, the more of it that needs to recover and, consequently, the more sleep you need.”

In the past, few researches have also hinted about the association of lack of sleep with increased risk of heart disease, mental health problems, strokes and even inflammation with in the body.

Professor Jim also noted that man who had a demanding job that required plenty of lateral thinking might also require extra sleep. “A man who has a complex job that involves a lot of decision-making and lateral thinking may also need more sleep than the average male - though probably still not as much as a woman,” he added in The Australian.

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