Health

Older Women and Sleep

Here’s another way Zoomer women are from Venus while men are from Mars. Researchers in the Netherlands find that older women sleep longer and better than older men, even though many believe they have worse sleep.

The study of a thousand people, aged 59 to 79, found that women reported less and poorer sleep than men. But when the researchers recorded actual sleep data, they found that women slept an average 16 minutes longer than men  – about 6 hours and 40 minutes  and their sleep less fragmented and more efficient.

The researchers said they were surprised to find that women slept longer and better, and despite the discrepancy between what they reported and the time they actually spent sleeping the ladies reported their sleep duration more accurately than men.

While women underestimated their sleep, men strongly overestimated it.

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