Do women need more sleep and why???

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Do women need more sleep and why???
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 8:56am

I’ve asked many ladies even on phone calls this question; do you feel like you need extra sleep? Now I would like to know why even if they get 7-8 hours? Is it stress, poor sleep, unable to stop thinking and sleep, or other? Thanks ladies.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 11:07am

I think it depends very much on the individual.  I remember reading that Martha Stewart accomplished so much because she only sleeps 4 hrs a night.  I do not think that most people could do that.  One thing though--I don't know what age women you are asking this to, but when women are in the menopause years, insomnia could be a symptom, so that might explain why they are always tired.

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Registered: 11-21-2003
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 11:13am

When I was a teenager I could easily sleep 15 or 16 hours. As I've gotten older I am less and less able to sleep in past 8 or 8:30. I still feel fine and can easily function on 7 hours. Less than that is doable but not especially happy. I can't say I personally know of any women who require more than the standard 8 hours to function. 

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Registered: 09-16-2002
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 3:54pm

Hrm, I think your REAL question is why your wife needs more people age, and especially those who are retired and no longer have a routine, sleep patterns are interrupted.  Has your wife always needed more sleep or did this start with a major (or minor) change in her (your) life?   As another poster already responded, I don't think there is a general answer for your question as each of us is an individual, with different circadian rhythms based on age, sex, health, etc.  If you feel your wife may have a medical (or other) issue, you may want to talk to her doctor.

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Registered: 12-22-2007
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 5:28pm

geek, I'm curious as to why this is important to you.

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Registered: 02-08-2012
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 1:42pm