Broken sleep? Tired and incompetent? Fat and haggard? Are you sharing a bed with your lover? Bed sharing is not good for us – we are told by Dr Neil Stanley in an address to the British Science Festival. While women are thought to be better able to put up with disturbed sleep, [Nature’s gift to motherhood], men suffer stress and loss of brain function –
He Just Wants To Go To Sleep
The “marital bed” should be for sex and not for sleep according to Dr Stanley [this was the secret of relationship success in ancient Rome apparently], who advises that after “a cuddle” one of us should “toddle off down the landing”. He probably means the woman, since men just want to go to sleep after “de-stressing and restoring brain function”!
Bags Under Eyes
Dr Stanley, who does sleep separately from his wife, reports that one study found that, on average, couples suffered 50% more sleep disturbances if they shared a bed. Notwithstanding this
Without sufficient sleep brain function decreases, body temperature falls, immune function is reduced and growth is interrupted in the young. Science also reveals that most cells of the body show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep sleep. No wonder then that the arrival of a new baby in a household frequently leads to accelerated haggardness in the parents! And it may explain why some new mothers also put on weight: chronic sleep deprivation can cause weight gain by affecting the way the body processes and stores carbohydrates and by altering the hormones that control appetite. Not surprisingly a lack of sleep often results in a tendency to become irritated, impatient and moody – leading to tension, stressed facial muscles and deepened facial lines.
But despite the abundant scientific support for Dr Stanley’s personal sleeping arrangements, the majority of married couples “toddle off” to the same bed every night to snore, hog the duvet, and fidget.
Tired Looking Skin
We all feel better after a good night’s sleep and of