Women’s Health and Wellness Tip: Do Women Need More Sleep Than Men?

Published on June 17, 2020

Alright, ladies, keeping track of our health and wellness is the biggest priority of our everyday lives. Making sure that we are taking care of ourselves is one of the many things that we have to worry about each day. Our daily schedule is as busy as making sure the house is clean, taking care of the kids, taking care of a significant other, making sure everything is going well with our jobs, and taking care of ourselves.

Whether you’re single, not married, but dating, a single parent or married; a woman has a lot of responsibility that she has to deal with every day. With all those responsibilities, a woman could lose sight of what’s essential –her overall well-being.

It’s essential to take some time out of your day and make a checklist for yourself. There are many health and wellness tips that women should know about. If you don’t know about them yet, that’s fine. We are here as women to uplift and help each other when it comes to our health. Here are some tips that women can follow to improve their everyday health in the long run.

Don’t “Skip” Out On Your Sleep Schedule

This may seem like common sense, but most people don’t fully understand. As a woman, we are always busy doing something all the time. It’s important we get as much rest as possible. So ladies, please don’t skip out on your sleep or mess up the nice sleeping schedule that you have. As women, we think we can do anything (which we can) but not all in one day. If you have things you have to do, you need to make sure your mind and body is well-rested to be able to do those things.

We need to make sure that our minds and bodies are alert, so getting enough sleep will make that possible. Besides promoting mental alertness, rest also keeps our stress levels in check. According to The Sleep Foundation, “women need more sleep than men. On average women need 20 minutes more sleep than men.” Sorry guys, it’s just the truth here. Many things may affect women’s sleeping patterns, like stress and other factors.

Preventing Insomnia

There are also ways you can prevent insomnia and making sure you’re getting enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends “combating insomnia by getting regular exercise, setting routine bed and wake times, limiting caffeine and alcohol intake and improving sleep environment.”

Sleep is essential for everyone, but we as women should make sure that we get enough sleep. This will help make sure we are mentally and physically prepared for what the days bring. Ladies, if your sleeping habits aren’t what you want them to be or you’re continuing to have trouble sleeping, make sure you see your doctor.

Everyone needs their rest. If you’re not getting enough, make sure you schedule an appointment with your doctor asap. They can get back to sleep and conquering the day. Also, if you need that nap break, take it. Don’t force yourself to stay awake. Mid-day naps are good, and they won’t hurt your overall health or sleeping schedule. Make sure you are taking care of yourself by staying well-rested.

Jori Ayers is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily based in Tampa, Florida. She was formerly with the editorial team at Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

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