Sleeping increases the power of the female brain, says study
Being a sleepy woman has never been so good. In a recent study by the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, an analysis of the sleep pattern of 160 adults was developed, specifically considering how this factor would alter the participants' intellectual capacity.
With the data collected, the researchers were able to find a constant among women: brain activity was greatest when they entered a dreamless phase of sleep. The cool thing is that, according to the study, this same activity is related to the increase in women's intelligence levels. P>
In men, research shows that they benefit most from small naps. The information collected supplements another study created by the Sleep Research Center at Loughborough University in England, which points out that women need more hours of sleep because their brains work in a more complex way.
The feminine ability to be multitasking makes the brains of women more demanding than men's, thus making for a good night's sleep that is extremely necessary.
Benefits of sleep
During sleep our body produces leptin, a hormone capable of controlling the sensation of satiety - therefore, people who have difficulties to sleep produce smaller quantities of this substance. "The consequence of this is excessive intake of calories during the day because the body is not satisfied," explains neurologist Rosa Hasan. In addition, the insomniacs produce a greater amount of another hormone, ghrelin, a substance that is related to hunger, and reduced energy expenditure.
Fight against hypertension
A study at the University of Chicago, in the United States, has shown that deep, uninterrupted sleep is related to good blood pressure levels. Neurologist Rosa Hasan explains that the difficulty in resting at night is equivalent to a state of stress, increasing the activity of adrenaline in the body. "A badly overslept night leaves the body on alert, raising blood pressure at night," she explains. It states that over time this change in blood pressure becomes permanent, generating hypertension.
People who get a good night's sleep absorb better information from day to day than those who pass by long periods without sleep, says a study done by the University of Lubeck, Germany. According to the researchers, this is because during rest there occurs the synthesis of proteins responsible for neural connections, enhancing skills such as memory and learning.
The chances of depression impairing a person's quality of life may be less if she sleeps between six and nine hours a day. This is indicated by a study done at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center in Ohio, USA, which looked at more than 10,000 people.
Learn more about all the benefits a good night's sleep can do for your health.
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