Mercy’s Dr. Ernestine Wright Discusses Research Indicating Women Require More Sleep Than Men

April 25, 2016
Primary Care Doctors at Mercy

Scientists have now confirmed what many women have suspected all along: They need more sleep than men. 

According To Mercy’s Dr. Ernestine Wright, a new study confirms her belief regarding sleep and women. A study came out from a university in England that shows women need about 20 more minutes of sleep than men do.

Dr. Wright noted that women need more sleep than men because they use their brains more.

"Women these days work, they have children, they have a home to look after, so women tend to think about many things at the same time and we believe that causes their brain to work more and therefore they need more downtime to regenerate," Dr. Wright said.

Patient Delecia Pulliam said that makes sense to her.

"I work a lot, a lot," Pulliam said. "And I just noticed when I don't get enough sleep I'm grumpy, or I'm tired or it takes me a minute to collect my thoughts. So sleep is very important for me, very important."

Pulliam now makes sleep a priority and even takes daily naps to help her recharge.

Dr. Wright said that if you cannot get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night, a 30- to 90-minute nap during the day is very helpful.

And it's not just about recharging your brain. One’s physical health suffers from lack of sleep, too.

"Women have a greater risk of developing problems like diabetes, heart disease and problems with depression and other psychological changes," Dr. Wright said.

View Dr. Wright’s interview about sleep and how women may need more sleep than men.

Dan Collins - Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center

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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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