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How Men and Women Differ

UPDATE: April 23, 2013

Women Handle Sleep Loss Better Than Men

Women handle workweek sleep loss better than do men, though job performance of either men or women is impacted by a pattern of less that seven to eight hours per night of sleep. For both men and women, performance deteriorates when sleep is restricted to six hours per night for a week. Worse yet, performance does not improve after two nights of recovery sleep - you'll feel better, but your job performance will still suffer.

A study published in 2011 was led by Dr. Alexandros N. Vgontzas, professor of psychiatry and endowed chair in sleep disorders medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine and director of the Sleep Research and Treatment Center at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.

"After one workweek of mild sleep deprivation, two recovery nights were adequate in improving sleepiness but not performance," said Dr. Vgontzas. "The usual practice of extending sleep during the …