North Carolina scientists at Duke University have determined women require more sleep than men, but it is unlikely women are getting adequate rest. Therefore, females are more aggressive, hostile, and irritated due to insufficient sleep.
Researchers tracked 210 men and women, questioning them about how they felt and testing blood. Not only were women who slept poorly grumpier than guys, but they were at higher risk for serious health problems.
When women skimp on sleep, they endure physiological, emotional, and mental penalties. Women suffer from a heightened risk of depression and stroke from sleep deprivation.
The study, appearing online in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, found that poor sleep was responsible for greater psychological distress and higher levels of biomarkers associated with heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Fibrinogen blood clotting factors linked to strokes and inflammation markers associated with pain were directly influenced, as the research found women particularly susceptible to the influence of a sleep deficit.
Men’s levels of side-effects from a lack of sleep were negligible in comparison. Men showed no notable increase in developing the ailments that affected women when they lost sleep.
Dr. Michael Breus, sleep expert, was able to determine women can literally be in more pain when they wake up, especially when they are sleep-deprived. Dr. Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in Sleep Disorders and Neuropsychological Testing.
Breus suggests making up for the loss of quality rest by strategically napping 25 or 90 minutes when able. Recouping some of the deficit is better than none at all.
The necessity of surplus sleep in women is because of exhaustive multi-tasking thought processes. This manner of problem solving and extensive planning can be particularly stressful and require more time to purge persistent thoughts prior to dozing off.
Women are more prone to this manner of multi-task thinking, but some men with especially demanding decision-making occupations may also require additional down time.
The function of sleep allows the body time to recover and repair. Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep, either chronic or acute. A chronic sleep restriction can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, and clumsiness. It unfavorably affects both mobility and cognitive functions. Complete absence of sleep over long periods is impossible for humans to achieve as eventually biological mechanisms will force the body to acquire rest. However, the quality under those circumstances is less satisfying.
Scientists urge loving male partners to be more understanding of their grumpier female counterparts, allowing her extra snooze time, or else face the consequences.
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