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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Women need more sleep than men

According to a study recently published in Science World Report and conducted by researchers from Duke University, North Carolina, women who undergo a lot of stress need more sleep than men. "One of the primary functions of sleep is to help the brain to recover and repair itself. During deep sleep, the cortex, that is to say the part of the brain responsible for thought, memory and language, goes into recovery mode. It seems that women who are deprived of enough restful sleep more easily suffer from depression or anxiety, "said Dr. Michael Breus, sleep specialist.

Previous studies have shown that lack of sleep is linked to a higher risk of heart disease, psychological problems, depression , to stroke and even creates a kind of inflammatory condition of the body. "Now, women, unlike men, can actually feel pain when they wake up, due to the high level of inflammation," said Dr Breus.

For the latter, the increased need for sleep in women is because they tend to be multi-tasking. "Because of this flexibility, they require much more of their brains than men and therefore need more sleep to help him recover."

The sleep disorders are now affecting 20% of the population in industrialized countries. In France, one in three say they suffer from a sleep disorder and 15% say they regularly meet with insomnia problems .

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