Are we all suffering from sleep deprivation? It seems like we鈥檙e always chasing that elusive eight hours, buying bedside gadgets to change how we sleep, downloading apps that teach us how to sleep better and even considering napping at work. If you鈥檙e reading this and nodding your head 鈥 and you also happen to be female 鈥 we鈥檝e got some pretty validating news for you. According to a new study, you might actually need more sleep than men do. In other words, take that midday nap or press snooze a few times, and don鈥檛 feel bad about it!

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The study from the Loughborough University Sleep Research Centre in the UK found that women need about 20 minutes more sleep per night than men do because women鈥檚 brains work harder than men鈥檚 do. The researchers studied 210 adult men and women and found that the way women鈥檚 brains work mean they need longer to recharge at night than men鈥檚 do.

鈥淲omen鈥檚 brains are wired differently鈥 so their sleep needs will be slightly greater. Women tend to multi-task 鈥 they do lots at once and are flexible 鈥 and so they use more of their actual brain than men do,鈥 Jim Holn, the director of the sleep center, told the New York Post. 鈥淔or women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression and anger. In contrast, these feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.鈥

He added that 20 minutes more is the average, but some women might need more or less than that. Ahem, we鈥檙e gonna say we need a full extra hour.

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