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Women lose out on three hours of sleep a night – and men are partly to blame

Jul 25, 2019

Ladies, if you're wondering why you're so tired all the time, it turns out there's a very good explanation for your constant yawning.

New research has revealed that the average British woman misses out on three hours of sleep every night, as men blissfully doze away – which equates to roughly 1,095 hours lost each year.

And said males are part of the reason why you're not getting enough shut eye, with a partner's snoring robbing many of their sleep, alongside other factors such as period pain and waking up to look after the kids.

All of this is leaving a lot of women at the end of their tether.

This is according to the results of a survey by Bensons for Beds, where 2,000 couples were quizzed about their sleeping habits.

The study found that lack of sleep makes women feel less confident about themselves and their appearance and can have a detrimental impact on their daily activities – with healthy eating being the first thing to go out the window when they're tired.

A third of ladies said they woke up every single night, with one in two describing themselves as being "constantly sleep deprived". In comparison, only two in 10 men reporting that their sleep was regularly disrupted.

One in three participants also said the exhaustion was making them depressed and a whopping 73 percent were at their "wits end".

As well as impacting our mental health, lack of sleep can also cause a number of other worrying problems.

The NHS website explains: "Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy.

"Most of us need around eight hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try and achieve it."

They go on to offer this advice: "If you've had months of restricted sleep, you'll have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks."

They recommend trying to catch up on sleep over the weekend, adding an extra hour or two a night and not setting an alarm clock if possible.

"Expect to sleep for upwards of 10 hours a night at first," they add. "After a while, the amount of time you sleep will gradually decrease to a normal level."

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