Women are losing out on three hours of sleep a night because of their male partners

Friday, 26th July 2019, 12:13 pm
Updated Friday, 26th July 2019, 13:13 pm

Women are losing out on as much as three hours sleep a night - and many say it is because of their partners.

A study has found that half of British women say they feel constantly sleep deprived, while a third said that they had a broken night’s sleep every night.

This was compared to just one in ten men who experienced the same thing.

Snoring and children keep women awake

A study into 2,000 couples, carried out by Bensons for Beds, found that on average women estimate that they sleep for three hours less than their male partners.

And 22 per cent of the women surveyed said that this was because of their partner’s snoring.

Meanwhile, 14 per cent said it was because they were woken up to tend to their children while their male partners would often sleep on obliviously.

This sleep deficit amounts to 1,095 hours - or 45 days’ worth - a year, and the study found that the impact on women’s health and relationships is serious.

73 per cent of women said that they felt ‘at their wit’s end’ as a result of tiredness, and reported feeling exhausted at the end of every week.

Negative health impacts

According to the research, 15 per cent of UK women confessed that they feel annoyed that their partner gets more sleep than them, and one in five admitted they are routinely rude to their other half due to exhaustion.

Health can be negatively impacted as well. Of the surveyed women, 34 per cent said their tiredness means they feel depressed, and 21 per cent said their diet is poor when they are sleep deprived.

Helen Nunn, Head of Marketing at Bensons for Beds said: “Sleep - or lack of sleep - can affect so many aspects of our day to day lives.

“It’s worrying to see that this research has found that our nation’s women are getting less sleep and feeling more tired than their male counterparts.”

And Bensons for Beds Sleep Expert, Stephanie Romiszewski said: “It makes sense that men and women have different sleep needs - we are in some ways very different. What with hormonal changes that come with menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, the biological differences alone are huge.

“With this in mind it’s really helpful for us to get into a few good sleep habits that can help get us through.”

Tips from Stephanie to get a better sleep:

1. Keep a regular wake time. Getting up at the same time every day helps our bodies to know when to regulate when we eat, sleep and feel at our best.

2. During your period, a good healthy sleep routine can stop you lying awake for hours if you wake up in the middle of the night, and can lessen the effect of the pain. Go to bed when you are sleepy, and avoid forcing sleep.

3. The more you enjoy yourself and feel happy and content before bed, the better your sleep quality. Good quality wake time leads to good quality sleep time.