How Sleep Affects Women

August 13, 2018

How Sleep Affects Women

Sleep. It is a basic human need, just like food. Sleep is vital to growth, mental well-being, and is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Have you ever wondered how sleep affects women? Or perhaps lack of sleep? Because there are biological conditions unique to women these are valid questions.

Do Women Need More Sleep Than Men?

Dr. Jim Horne , Britain’s leading expert in sleep science says that on average women need twenty more minutes of sleep than men. He explains that this is because women tend to multi-task and use more of their actual brain than men leading to a greater need for sleep!  Sleep is like nutrition for your super active female brain.

Studies have also shown that women are more likely to have difficulty falling and staying asleep than men. Women reading this are picturing their significant other asleep moments after their head hits the pillow. It’s not fair, and you’re extra grouchy because you are tired, but you do have to resist the urge to suffocate him with your pillow.

Sleep and Biological Conditions Unique to Women.

Biological conditions unique to women, like the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause, each affect how easily a woman will fall asleep, and the quality of her sleep. Each of these conditions cause fluctuating estrogen and progesterone hormone levels, and have an impact on sleep.

Beauty Sleep – Lack of Sleep is Ruining Your Skin So Get Your 8 Hours

Adequate sleep is essential to your well being, but let’s talk for a minute about how lack of sleep can affect your appearance, and we’re not just talking about dark under-eye circles.  A 2015 study suggests that even one night of partial sleep deprivation promotes biological aging in older adults.  Running a sleep deficit means an increase in cortisol levels. Cortisol causes inflammation and breaks down the proteins in the skin that keep it smooth and radiant.

Sleep and Weight Gain

Women should also be aware that the creeping weight gain you chalk up to aging, may actually be a result of your sleep habits.  Experts agree that getting adequate sleep is as important to controlling your weight as are diet and exercise.  That same cortisol spike that is dulling your skin is also signaling your body to conserve energy to fuel your waking hours – in the form of storing fat!

If you’d like more information on how you are sleeping at night, download our RX form and take it to your doctor.

 

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