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Getting to sleep in is one of the greatest joys in this world.  Waking up, knowing that you can start your day whenever you please is an indulgence that I take as often as I can, and I actually get to do it fairly often.  
My girlfriend on the other hand, not so much.  Her new job requires her to be up and alert in the early hours of the morning, and science is saying that she should be the one sleeping in, not me.
“In fact, women need 20 minutes more shut-eye than the average man.” writes study authors. “And that’s down to a woman’s busy, multi-tasking brain.”
Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Center at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science of Sleep, says:
“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. Women tend to multi-task — they do lots at once and are flexible — and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.
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.”
So, whether you’re shaking your head in disbelief, or nodding your head in agreement (as you’ve known for years that women’s brains are highly complex and nearly impossible to figure out) it would appear that women do, on average, need about 20 more minutes of sleep than men.
“This is because women’s brains are wired differently from men’s and are more complex, so their sleep need will be slightly greater. The average is 20 minutes more, but some women may need slightly more or less than this.”
On the other hand, however, another study looking at 210 middle-aged men and women discovered that women suffered greater health issues from lack of sleep than men did.
“We found that for women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger. In contrast, these feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.”
So guys, if you want a happy, healthy girlfriend or wife, make sure they’re getting the sleep they need to keep those high-functioning, complex brains of theirs well rested.

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