5 ways women’s sleep patterns differ from men

In August we celebrate Women in many ways. In South Africa on the 9th we have National Woman’s Day to commemorate the march of women in 1956 to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the ‘pass.’ This was an identification document which restricted a black South African’s freedom of movement under the apartheid laws.

We therefore celebrate the resilience of women – and we know only too well that many women have elevated themselves to positions of great status – from celebrities to the Prime Ministers of countries and to CEO positions of great companies. Nevertheless, men and women are very different and this is one of the greatest things to celebrate. 

Even apparently when it comes to sleep patterns men and women differ quite significantly. According to one sleep specialist journal, ‘’Research has shown that sex and gender differences do influence sleep. Hormones, anatomy, and other physiological differences between men and women can affect the way they sleep and the likelihood of experiencing certain sleep problems.’’

We thought, therefore, that it may be helpful to know these 5 ways women’s sleep patterns differ from men…

1.    Women have more sleep issues – Because many more women than men suffer from overactive bladder syndrome it can cause more frequent trips to the bathroom disrupting sleep and even resulting in chronic insomnia. 

2.    The reproductive cycle and menopause – Changes throughout their reproductive cycle don’t help either. Sleep problems like cramps, bloating and headaches affect around one-third of women before or during their menstrual cycle. Night sweats, fluctuating hormone levels, and other changes connected to menopause can also increase disturbed sleep.

3. They are naturally earlier risers – Women have a shorter circadian rhythm (which keeps us in tune with our day and night cycles) than men’s and due to this they are commonly likely to fall asleep earlier and wake earlier too. This probably assists with raising babies and they are definitely more likely to be morning people. 

4.    They are less likely to worry about sleep disturbances – One advantage women have is, because they are used to sleep disturbances from raising children, this is less likely to stress them out. They can naturally take a little less sleep than men – although scientists say we all should get between 6 to 8 hrs a day regardless of gender.

5.    Women are more likely to suffer from insomnia – Insomnia generally relates to issues of anxiety, depression and chronic diseases and apparently women are more susceptible to these. On the up side, women are also more likely to sleep though depression due to their more determined sleep drive.  

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So, gentlemen, have some sympathy for your ladies who generally do have more issues with sleep disorders. One thing that all men and women share though is that everyone sleeps better on a great mattress and Truform have been making the best mattresses at the best prices for over 35 years. 

Contact us for all the info you need or find a store near you and check out our great range. Keep safe – and sleep well!