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Do men sleep more than women?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Some people believe that women are biologically programmed to sleep better than men. Why? While you may write it off to women-do-every-thing-better reasons, it's actually a little more scientific. Estrogen—higher in women, of course, works on your sleep center in your brain to decrease the number of awakenings after you fall asleep and increases total sleep time.

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