On average, the majority of people take 10 to 20 minutes to fall asleep at night. The most popular time to go to bed in the UK is between 10pm and 11pm and according to The Sleep Council women tend to go to bed earlier than men.
However, following a recent study, men are still found to be winning in the sleep department. Results found that women were going to bed later than they would like, waking up later than they should and spending a lot of time in bed staring at the ceiling next to their sleeping partner.
So, for ladies struggling with your sleeping pattern read on…
According to a group of scientists, women's circadian clocks are two hours ahead of men's. Or, in other words, the body clock, our internal mechanism which controls our sleep-wake-cycles.
The scientists followed a group of 25 men and women for a period of 72 hours.
This study revealed that many women are more tired at bedtime, more alert in the morning and may be more prone to insomnia.
This research which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences could help to explain gender differences in insomnia.
Similar research has previously established that humans can have different circadian rhythms, for example, the tendency teenagers have to stay awake later and sleep later is not due to laziness but a biological difference in their circadian cycle.
For those struggling to sleep, our sleep expert Dr Nerina recommends…
Following a regular wind down routine
Try and get yourself into a regular wind down routine and you will notice a huge difference to the quality of your sleep. Read a book, listen to relaxing music, have a bath and use some relaxing essential oils such as lavender to help promote sleepiness.
Avoid checking the time if you wake up in the night
You are more likely to start worrying about how little sleep you will get if you don't fall asleep again. This then reduces the chances of you getting back to sleep even further. Instead lie on your back and try to consciously relax each part of your body starting from your toes and working up to your head and face.
Think positive thoughts
If you're lying in bed and you can't sleep - cast your mind over your day and think about all of the small positives things that have happened.