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Study: Men Get More out of Sleep Than Women…Surprised?

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Study: Men Get More out of Sleep Than Women…Surprised?

This summer I will experience something that I have not done in a long time. I will have three nights and four days with no children.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love my family.  I prayed for them.  I am grateful to be a part of and have my own ‘pack’ so to speak.  But there is no question, those four run me.  From the time my feet hit the floor in the morning until way past the time those same four go to sleep they-run-me.  Up and down the stairs to cook, wash clothes, be a referee, listen to stories and on and on and on.  I get it – most days.  This is what I signed up for. This is the work it takes to build a family so that one day I will have grandchildren at my feet and a house full of our offspring on holidays.  But, there is no question that all of this takes work and a sacrifice of sleep.  Like, forever. 
All those impromptu naps and eight hour plus nights of sleep pre-children and family era have been put on hold.  I’ve accepted that fact a long time ago.  Still there are days I wake up and feel as if I am in the last lap of a race.  Which does not make for a good start to the day let me tell you. But for the hubby on the other hand I don’t believe his sleep patterns have changed that much.  For one when his head hits the pillow at night I give him two minutes maybe three before he’s knocked out cold.  My sleep however is usually delayed by at least ten minutes.  The first few minutes are spent in disbelief that the hubby is already asleep.  The rest of the time my brain replays my entire day, and then goes through a dry run of the next day’s events.  Only to wake up an hour later and to say to myself, ‘I finally went to sleep’.
According to a recent study men get more out of sleep than women and guess what, I’m not surprised.  The sleep study found that:
  • Across the world most women sleep longer than men but wake up grumpier.
  • Most women get the most sleep on Saturdays.
  • In the U.S. men wake up in a better mood than women.
  • The happiest morning of the week for most men in the U.S. is Sunday.
I thought that perhaps sleeping longer while the kiddos are gone would help me to have more sunshine in my attitude in the mornings.  But according to this study more sleep doesn’t necessarily mean happier mornings.  Seems like maybe I should just concentrate on the quality of sleep I can get instead.  I am going to do my best to not sacrifice my sleep through replays of the day or ‘preplays’ of the day to come either.  Like, starting right now.


Who gets more out of sleep in your house?


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