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Women Get More Sleep Than Men According To New Jawbone Study

Most of us probably wish we could get more sleep, but it turns out some of us are getting more than others.

Women get more sleep than men, according to a new Jawbone study published Wednesday. Jawbone looked at the sleep data from the millions of UP users around the world that used the device to track their sleep over the past two years and found that women get 20 minutes more sleep than men on average.

The data shows that this sleep gap is widest in the younger years of male and female Jawbone UP users and then narrows as they age. However, women still continue to get more sleep than men throughout their lifetimes.

Though women receive more sleep than men on average around the world, Jawbone's data reveals that there are also cultural differences in how much sleep people get. For instance, Australia averages the most sleep at 7.25 hours a night while Japan averages the least at 6.1 hours.

The researchers at Jawbone don't know exactly why women get more sleep than men. However, they note that differences in stereotypical work schedules, recuperation before and after childbirth and a higher occurrence of conditions like sleep apnea among men could be possible explanations.

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