Q: Are there any differences in sleep quality and/or quantity between men and women?
A: Throughout life, there are small differences in sleep patterns between men and women, which may not be very significant but become more evident with age. The hypothalamus responds to estrogen and progesterone (the female sex hormones), which may influence sleep and circadian rhythms. Women are more likely to suffer from and report insomnia. Prior to menopause, women are less likely to suffer from sleep apnea than after menopause, when the incidence of sleep apnea among women increases, probably due to increased weight.
Q: Are there differences in sleep regulation between men and women?
A: It is well known that there are gender differences in brain structure, regulation, and function between men and women. For instance, parts of the hypothalamus are larger in men than women; growth hormone production is higher in women than in men. Although research on sleep and circadian rhythms has been limited, there is some evidence of differences in sleep regulation throughout life between men and women (see Sleep differences between men and women).
Q: Are the differences in sleep patterns between men and women very significant?
A: In healthy young adults, differences in sleep quality and quantity are very subtle. These can become more obvious if there is a challenge to the body, such as sleep deprivation, disease, stress, drugs, or major depression. Variation in hormone levels vary during the menstrual cycle and, in menopause, can also affect responses to stress and lead to changes in sleep. Research is still continuing in this area.

Sleep differences between men and women

The section summarizes the differences in sleep between men and women throughout life. Since these findings are based on only a few studies, they may not prove to be entirely correct in the long term. Probably, the most consistent difference overall is that men have greater age-related changes in sleep than women; the quantity and quality of sleep in women stay slightly more constant throughout life.


Boys sleep less and wake more often


Girls sleep for a longer time

Earlier bedtime in girls

Boys have more severe sleep problems


Girls sleep for a longer time

Girls wake up earlier

Girls are sleepier

Boys wake more often


Men have more Stage 1 sleep

Women have more slow wave sleep

Men wake up more often

Women tend to report worse sleep

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