Men and women are different in a lot of ways—this you already know!—but now you can add sleep to that list of differences, as well.
When it comes to the circadian rhythm—the mechanism that helps govern your sleep and wake times—both the timing and the duration of the clock works differently in women. A few of the specific differences include:
Women tend to perform better than their male counterparts when they’re low on sleep, and can rebound more quickly from mild sleep deprivation.
Women tend to be more vulnerable than men when it comes to sleep disorders and the health risks associated with lack of sleep, and a woman’s biological phases (like menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause) are more likely to lead to sleep disruptions at night, as well.
For example, women report suffering from insomnia at two to three times the rate of men, and women who report sleepless nights have a greater risk for health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, and weight gain.
Whether the sleep issues are manifesting themselves in a man or woman, the one thing that remains the same is how important sleep is to proper functioning and health.