It's official: Women ARE grumpier than men in the mornings
If the woman in your life woke up grumpy this morning, don’t be too hard on her. It is, apparently, only natural.
Scientists have discovered that women need more sleep than men. And chances are she’s not getting enough.
In fact the best thing a loving husband or partner can do is perhaps persuade her to get a few extra hours snuggling under the duvet. Or face the consequences.
Scientists say women suffer more than men, both mentally and physically, if they are forced to skimp on their sleep.
As well as a higher risk of heart disease, depression and psychological problems, sleep-deprived women have extra clotting factors in their blood, which can lead to a stroke.
They also have higher inflammation markers, which indicate developing health problems.
As inflammation markers are also linked to pain, sleep expert Dr Michael Breus explained that women can literally be in more pain when they wake up.
That’s enough to make any girl feel rather grumpy.
By contrast, the state of a man’s health does not appear to be closely linked to how much he sleeps.
In the study, carried out by scientists at Duke University in North Carolina, men showed no increased risk of developing the ailments that affect women when they are losing sleep.
‘We found that women had more depression, women had more anger, and women had more hostility early in the morning,’ said Dr Breus. If this sounds like someone you know, it can probably be blamed on sleep deprivation and the fact that women are particularly susceptible to the effects.
“That’s all very well but what about the rest of the day” asks Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.