Magazine article Work & Family Life

Seems Men Too Need Their 'Beauty Sleep'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Seems Men Too Need Their 'Beauty Sleep'

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Women bear up better than men under the effects of sleep deprivation, according to researchers at Penn State University College of Medicine. Their study, reported at a meeting of the Endocrine Society in Philadelphia, looked at how well a group of men and women functioned when they didn't get enough sleep for 12 days in a row.

"We were not expecting a difference between men and women," said lead investigator Dr. Alexandras N. Vgontzas.

On tests that measured "performance" and "daytime sleepiness," the men did about as well as the women. But the women adapted better. That is, they used their waking hours more effectively and, when they were able to sleep, they enjoyed a deeper sleep than the men.

The women also appeared less bothered than the men by the wires and tubes to which they were connected during sleep. …

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