A research team from Taiwan had found out that sex differences in sleep patterns do exist, with insomnia affecting women more than men.
The researchers had carried out a national survey of 39,588 people of the age group pf 15 years and older in the city of Taiwan. The researchers considered several factors other than gender differences, like the social roles and socio economic status.
The results of the study had shown that there is a consistent difference between men and women regarding insomnia, with the disease being reported by more women than men. One of the reasons for such may be social roles, as some roles create more stress than the others. People who are unemployed or divorced and or separated from their spouses thus report more instances of insomnia for the same reason. More number of children in the family also seems to affect the sleep disturbances, though more number of children seems to affect the sleep of both the parents.
Education in women seems to be another factor that affects the sleep or lack of it. Educated women reported more peaceful sleep at night than women who are homemakers and not so educated. But the results reverse in case of highly educated men who get less sleep.