Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. Right?

As we all know, men and women have their fair share of differences, but they could be even more opposite than you think.

Signs of Sleep DeprivationAccording to the Huffington Post, women are more likely to experience insomnia, sleep deprivation and often take longer to fall asleep than men.   When females get poor sleep, they “are at increased risk for breast cancer, shorter menstrual cycles, miscarriage and sub-fertility,” according to the article.

Environmental and social stressors make it more difficult for a woman to get her beauty sleep.

But men aren’t off the hook here. It’s important for any person to get a good night’s rest to avoid:

  • Headaches,
  • Impaired alertness,
  • High blood pressure,
  • Increased stress levels, and
  • Weight gain.

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Five Reasons to Get More Sleep. Now!

Whether it’s for Facebook stalking or catching up on those bookmarked Netflix shows, staying up past bedtime is an easy habit to develop. But, skimp on too much sleep and you will pay the price of poor health – just ask Men’s Fitness. The magazine shared the article “Sleep or Die” to detail the potential risks associated with lack of sleep.

And this isn’t the only time sleep deprivation has been associated with death. YourLocalSecurity.com created an infographic with similar insights into the critical need for a good night’s sleep.

Here are five reasons you need more sleep – starting tonight:

1)    Avoid weight gain: Sleeping fewer than seven hours will make your body store fat reserves while simultaneously increasing your appetite.

2)    Don’t crash: Sleep-deprived adults drive similarly to drunk drivers – a scary, dangerous reality.

3)    Help your heart: Sleeping too little may increase your risk for coronary heart disease.

4)    Be injury-free: If you’re waking up early to squeeze in a workout you’re more likely to get injured in everyday activities.

5)    Stay sharp: Want to succeed in school, career and life? Sleep more. Sleep deprivation impairs mental performance and limits your ability to learn.

If you need some extra motivation to get more sleep, buy yourself an incentive (possibly a new pillow?) to start your sleep makeover.

Sleep Deprivation a Health Danger

The Waking Dead: Dangers of Sleep Deprivation
When life gets hectic, it’s easy to skimp on sleep. Whether it’s extending bedtime to meet deadlines or waking up extra early to prepare for the day, many Americans suffer from sleep deprivation.

But those extra hours of stirring time do come with a cost. According to www.HealthScienceDegree.com,

  • Reducing sleep by 90 minutes for one night can reduce daytime alertness by up to 32 percent;
  • Untreated sleep disorders can cause high blood pressure, heart failure, strokes and obesity; and
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving is responsible for 100,000 car crashes, 71,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities.

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Sound, Sufficient Sleep Improves Skin Health

As if there aren’t already enough reasons to get good sleep, University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UH) and Estée Lauder Companies Inc. are now reporting that sufficient sleep can lead to better skin health.

UH conducted a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, paid for by Estee Lauder, to study sleep’s connection to skin health in 2012. Here are some of the study’s key findings, as reported on Cleveland.com:

  • The skin of good quality sleepers recovered more quickly from environmental stressors to the skin such as sunburn.
  • Poor sleepers showed a higher rate of water loss in the skin, an indication that the skin’s ability to act as a barrier may be damaged.
  • The women who got enough sleep had a better self-image than their sleepy counterparts.

To learn more about why sleep should be a priority in your life, view last week’s Healthy Sleep Zone post “Sleep Deprivation: A Dangerous Habit.”

Anxiety: Fueled by Sleep Deprivation

A recent study from UC Berkeley found that lack of sleep, common in anxiety disorders, may be linked to areas of the brain responsible for excessive worrying.

Neuroscientists at the university found that sleep deprivation amplifies anxiety, by activating areas of the brain linked to emotional processing. The result: mimicked neurological activity also seen in anxiety disorders.

In addition to these findings, the study also suggest that those who naturally more anxious, are more vulnerable to insufficient sleep.

For more on the study, visit NewsCenter.Berkeley.edu.

Snoring and Relationships

Dr. Jennifer Ashton of ABC News recently put herself through a couple’s sleep experiment. She claimed her husband’s snoring was to blame for her periodical awakening throughout the night.

Dr. Wendy Troxel of the Sleep Medicine Institute at the University of Pittsburgh came into their home and hooked them up to sleep monitoring machines to find the culprit of Jennifer’s poor sleep.

The results were shocking – not only did her husband snore less when she was in bed with him, after his snoring ceased she continued to periodically wake up. Troxel explains what natural instinct is responsible for this behavior in the video below.

 

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Sleep Deprivation Linked to Heart Conditions in Women

A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco, found that poor sleep can aggravate heart problems in women, by increasing inflammation levels.

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Photo Credit: Meredith.com via Google Images

Subjects included 700 men and women in their 60s with coronary heart disease. Participants were asked to rate their sleep quality at the beginning and end of the five year study.

Reports showed the women who claimed they weren’t getting enough sleep also showed increased inflammation levels nearly three times more than those who reported sound sleep. This was not the same for men.

These findings lead researchers to believe that, because these women were postmenopausal, lower estrogen levels could be the link between to the two. Lead author Aric Prather, clinical health psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and his team explained that it is possible that testosterone “served to buffer the effects of poor subjective sleep quality.”

For more on the study, visit HNGN.com.

Study Shows Sleep Deprivation Makes it Difficult for Men to Tell if Women are Interested

Many studies have shown that sleep deprivation can impair your judgment. A new study discussed in a recent Huffington Post article suggests that sleepy men are more likely to overestimate when a woman is physically attracted to them.

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Photo Credit: TheDatingTruth.com via Google Images

Jennifer Peszka, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Hendrix College and the lead author of the study, said the findings are very similar to studies that use alcohol, both of which inhibit the frontal lobe of the brain.

“Sleep deprivation could have unexpected effects on perceptual experiences related to mating and dating that could lead people to engage in sexual decisions that they might otherwise not when they are well-rested,” said Peszka.

The study asked a sample of 60 college students to rate a series of statements about their personal sexual interest and intentions as well as that of men and women in general. For example, the survey asked questions like “When a woman goes out to a bar, how likely is it that she is interested in finding someone to have sex with that night?”

For more on the study, visit the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s website.

Active Ingredient in Sleep Meds Cause Uptick in ER Visits

An article on USAToday.com reports that zopidem, the active ingredient in several sleep medications, increased by almost 220 percent from 2005 to 2010.

A report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), notes that 19,487 emergency room visits were related to zolpidem in 2010. It also reports that about 74 percent of patients are 45 years or older, 68 percent of which are women.

For more on the report and to read the full article, visit USAToday.com.

A.D.H.D and Sleep Linked

A recent article on NYTimes.com written by the clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the N.Y.U. School of Medicine, Vatsal G. Thakkar, examined a seeming case of A.D.H.D (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in an adult patient.

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The patient started showing typical signs of A.D.H.D. including procrastination, forgetfulness, losing things and of course trouble paying attention. What was unusual to Vatsal was that the man’s symptoms had only started two years earlier, at age 31.

After studying the man’s habits, Vatsal noticed the condition appeared right around the time his patient started a new job that required him to rise at 5 a.m. Vatsal realized the problem was actually a chronic sleep deficit.

For more on studies regarding the connection of A.D.H.D. and sleep deprivation, visit NYTimes.com to read the full article.