11 Health Facts That Made Us Say, “Whaaat?”

Health is the most important thing that people have, this is why many of us try to learn new things every day that will help us stay healthy for as long as possible. Today, it seems that scientists know everything about the human body, but this is not really true. For example, recently, doctors found out that the absence of breakfast doesn’t have any impact on health, and shivering when you are cold helps you to lose weight.

smartzune.com has analyzed some medical discoveries from recent years and collected 11 facts that might make you change your perception of health and even of your lifestyle.

Women need more sleep than men.

Women are more likely to suffer sleep problems like insomnia and to experience excessive sleepiness. In one large study of adult women, roughly 20 percent reported having excessive sleepiness, fatigue, or both, and younger women were especially likely to have sleep troubles. A 2002 National Sleep Foundation poll found that women were more likely than men to experience insomnia at least a few nights per week (63 versus 54 percent), and an earlier poll found that women ages 30-60 slept an average of six hours and 41 minutes on weeknights, even though almost all adults need 7-9 hours of nightly sleep.

For one, various parts of the reproductive cycle present challenges to healthy sleep. Some women find it harder to sleep during certain phases of their menstrual cycle; pregnancy brings hormonal and temperature changes, as well as discomfort that makes sleep difficult;

Researchers from Duke University have discovered that, unlike men, women require more sleep. As it turns out, if women don’t have enough sleep, their physical and mental abilities take a bigger toll than men’s. Because of the lack of sleep, women tend to get into depressive states more often and in the morning they tend to be more irritated, according to sleep expert Michael Breus.and the dropping estrogen levels associated with menopause can lead to hot flashes that disrupt sleep as well.

Not to mention that for many women, family and work responsibilities can make a full night’s sleep difficult. Feeding an infant or responding to young children at night, or working in the evenings to accommodate a busy daytime family schedule—many women find themselves stretched between work and home life, and healthy sleep often takes a back seat.