Sunday, December 9, 2007

Well-read women sleep better than men

It seems well-read women are more comfortable in bed than men — the more educated a female is, the better she sleeps at night. In case of males, it's just the reverse. Yes, according to a study carried out by a team of international researchers, women have higher rates of insomnia than men and the more they are educated, the more likely they are to sleep through the night. Conversely, the better educated a man is, the less likely he is to get a good night's sleep, the ScienceDaily said. "Globally, women are up to twice as likely to be insomniac as men. But, while higher educational attainment improves women's night time sleep quality, it has the opposite effect on men," the experts said. The researchers came to the conclusion after analysing data from a survey on social trends, involving nearly 40,000 Taiwanese people aged 15 and older. Questions included marital status, employment or occupation, educational attainment, and household income, as well as the number of family members under the age of 15. Insomnia was assessed using criteria developed by the WHO, and scored on a scale of one to five. Overall, insomnia tended to be more common among those who were older, divorced or separated, had low educational attainment, poor health, or low income. Children living at home also increased the rates of insomnia. The findings applied to both sexes. The rates of insomnia were found to be "still significantly higher" among women, who averaged 1.22 more points on the insomnia scale than men. "Social factors undoubtedly play their part," they said. Sex differences in insomnia score were most noticeable for divorced or separated women. "Stress linked to single parenting, low income, or stigma of a marriage break-down could all be possible factors," they said. The team also found that unemployment exerted a greater impact on women's sleep quality, particularly among the married women. "Sex discrimination in the workplace and childcare responsibilities might account for this." But experts found higher educational attainment improved women's night time sleep quality while it had the opposite effect on educated men.

10 Comments:

At December 9, 2007 at 10:35 PM, Blogger Isadora said...

Having raised two children as a single mother while attending university at night and working during the day - it was a wonder I slept at all. I remember precious little about those days and probably for good reason.

Now they are grown and I make my own schedule. It no longer matters if I sleep through the night so I get up and do some work then go back to bed and this way there is never a worry about getting to sleep. I no longer need tranquilizers or sleeping pills - just sleep when I need to.

Stress does have serious implications and causes lasting damage to the body. Women are more complex while men are so much more basic and can sleep when they need sleep.

Interesting topic and close to all of us.

 
At December 10, 2007 at 12:24 AM, Blogger Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Raghu,
Thanks for visiting my blog although it is strictly written in Filipino. You should have visited my international blog instead because it is written in English. Anyway, thanks for the visit. Your post is very interesting but I think cases of insomnia cut across both sexes. Insomnia may be pathological or psychological in nature. It is related to the secretion of excess adrenalin when we perceive a threat or something very threatening. It can be also caused by stress due to a lingering threat or a guilty feeling from a misdeed. Thanks for the interesting post. Have a nice and pleasant day.

 
At December 10, 2007 at 4:12 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Interesting post.

 
At December 10, 2007 at 4:40 AM, Blogger Elween said...

ehm...i have read a research where they said smarter people faces insomnia more easily than the not-so-intelligent people. doesn't this show women are smarter than men?...
No WAY, NO WAY!!:)

 
At December 10, 2007 at 7:25 PM, Blogger Annie said...

I am a female and I have been able to sleep easily and well for as long as I can remember. I think it was the training from my mother. She used to run the vacuum during my naps; she said I learned to sleep through everything that way.

 
At December 11, 2007 at 8:51 AM, Blogger Lilli & Nevada said...

I agree that was a interesting topic,
Thanks for the stop over on my blog i will continue to check back here.

 
At December 12, 2007 at 1:57 AM, Blogger Kalyan said...

this was interesting reading!

 
At December 14, 2007 at 2:28 AM, Blogger backpakker said...

haha ! maybe thats why I sleep well and wake up always late ..you know I cant do without my 8 hours sleep

 
At December 15, 2007 at 10:18 AM, Blogger Gazal said...

WHOOOA!!!
ALWAYS AVIOD SLEEP.....now i know the resons....OOPS
INTERESTING POST

 
At December 17, 2007 at 7:55 PM, Blogger Macadamia The Nut said...

lol!! tomorrow i start quizzing my friends :d

 

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