Study Finds Women Lose Up To Three Hours Sleep At Night Because Of Their Partners
Didn't sleep very well last night? The heatwave might only be partly to blame. A new study has found out that women often lose around three hours sleep each night, so it's no wonder we're all walking round like zombies today.
The study, carried out by Bensons for Beds, looked at 2,000 British couples and found various reasons for this disruption in our sleep patterns, with one in four women blaming their partner's snoring.
One in three women added that they wake up every single night compared to just two out of every ten men, while one in two women admitted they feel "constantly sleep deprived."
According to the research, other main triggers for a sleepless night include period pain and crying kids (14 per cent), while a third of women just generally think their partners are better at sleeping. It looks like it too, as two in ten men interviewed reported that their sleep was regularly disrupted.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of women aren't coping too well with the feeling of constant tiredness, with the study adding that 73 per cent of women are "at their wits end", whereas one in three say they feel depressed.
"Sleep - or lack of sleep - can affect so many aspects of our day-to-day lives," says Helen Nunn from Bensons for Beds. "It's worrying to see that this research has found women are getting less sleep and feeling more tired than their male counterparts."
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"It makes sense that men and women have different sleep needs - we are in some ways very different," added the company's sleep expert Stephanie Romiszewski.
"With hormonal changes that come with menstruation, pregnancy and menopause the biological differences along are huge. With this in mind, it's really helpful for us to get into a few good sleep habits that can help us get through."
As we all know, a good night's sleep is just as important to our health as regular exercise and healthy diet, but when you don't sleep well at night, this can have a knock-on effect - the study also found that healthy eating is the first thing to go out of the window for women when they are tired.
The Healthline has a list of 17-evidence based tips to sleep better at night, including increasing bright light exposure during the day, not consuming caffeine six hours before bed, going to bed at a consistent time and taking a melatonin supplement.
"Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions including obesity, heart disease and diabetes - and it shortens your life expectancy" says the NHS website.
Looks like it might be time to relegate your man to the sofa...
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