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« on: Aug 19, 2013 07:12 AM »


I knew it!! I shall now take a nap Wink

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Duke University scientists find women need more sleep than men



IF THE woman in your life woke up grumpy this morning, don't be too hard on her. It is, apparently, only natural.

Scientists at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina 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.

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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 they sleep.

In the study, men showed no increased risk of developing the ailments that affect women when they are sleep deprived.

"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. What does Dr Breus advise?

If you don’t manage to get enough sleep at night, try taking strategic naps.

However, he warned that those naps should be either 25 minutes or 90 minutes long. Any other length will make the snoozer feel worse when they wake, he said.

This is not the first time experts have suggested that women need more sleep than men.

One of Britain’s leading authorities on sleep found that women actually need 20 minutes more shut-eye. This is because of the female multi-tasking brain.

"One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself," said Professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, England.

"During deep sleep, the cortex - the part of the brain responsible for thought, memory, language and so on - disengages from the senses and goes into recovery mode.

"The more of your brain you use during the day, the more of it that needs to recover and, consequently, the more sleep you need.

"Women tend to multi-task - they do lots at once and are flexible - and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.

"A man who has a complex job that involves a lot of decision-making and lateral thinking may also need more sleep than the average male - though probably still not as much as a woman."
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 19, 2013 03:30 PM »

Another excuse for the wives huh..hmmm Undecided
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 19, 2013 06:40 PM »

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However, he warned that those naps should be either 25 minutes or 90 minutes long. Any other length will make the snoozer feel worse when they wake, he said.

Did he want to say "...between 25 minutes and 90..."? So I should not take 60 minutes nap huh? These scientists' findings are often ridiculous Shocked

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« Reply #3 on: Aug 19, 2013 08:14 PM »

Nope, he was right.

My understanding is to either take a 20 min nap or a 2 hr nap.  If you wake up between that time, you disrupt your sleep cycle...
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 19, 2013 08:29 PM »

Huh that's strange. May be it's because I have never paid attention to it. I'm fond of afternoon nap so I will try to observe it as well. If 25 minutes can do then I will start saving time for other things.

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« Reply #5 on: Aug 21, 2013 03:04 PM »

I always take a 2 hour nap in the afternoon. If I went to work then I didn't sleep I know I won't function in the evening. I think it depends on a person. On the other hand I have a friend who can't sleep in the afternoon no matter what. In Ramadhan she goes to the masjid for laylatul-qadri but still she couldn't sleep even for 10 minutes.
Am sure its just the person. Don't tell me there are no men who also need naps out there.
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 21, 2013 04:21 PM »

My father can not do without his afternoon nap..he tends to get a little cranky like a little baby if he does not have that nap of the day lol

Wasn't it a sunnah of our Prophet (p.b.u.h) to take an afternoon nap termed 'quilulah' too?
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 22, 2013 09:49 AM »

My father can not do without his afternoon nap..he tends to get a little cranky like a little baby if he does not have that nap of the day lol
Hehehe...on the contrary, my dad refuses to even lie down during the day.
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 24, 2013 01:48 PM »

Here's another article on sleep patterns that's very interesting: http://slumberwise.com/science/your-ancestors-didnt-sleep-like-you/

I think what they're talking about is very Islamic... like you go to sleep early, wake up a few hours for tahajjud/fajr and then go to sleep. But who has the time to go to bed at 8pm!!

I used to do something like that when I was working full time. Come home at 6 or 7, eat, pass out, then would wake up at 2am, pray Isha, do internet, pray Fajr then sleep, work again the next day blech!!
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