Sleep is vital for everyone, but there are differences in sleep for men and women.

Research has suggested that women tend to get more sleep, on average, than men. Work and family responsibilities can influence time spent sleeping.

A 2012 survey found that nearly a third (29.2%) of men achieved less than 6 hours of sleep on average each night. However, the AASM recommends 7 or more hours of sleep each night for optimal health.

There are many factors, such as hormone production, aging, or social and cultural differences, that influence how men and women sleep.

Many men may not get enough quality sleep each night despite spending enough hours in bed. It may be difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. These may be signs of a sleep disorder.

Men’s health and sleep disorders

When left untreated, sleep disorders can affect men’s health in many ways. Sleep disorders can impact everything from mood to fertility in men. Poor sleep can increase your risk of developing other health issues as well.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is more common in men than in women. OSA is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. When you have OSA, the lack of oxygen your body receives during sleep can have long-term consequences for your health. Untreated OSA increases y