Lack of Sleep in Women
March 15, 2013

Lack Of Sleep In Women

redOrbit’s own Michael Harper wrote an article recently discussing the implications with lack of sleep in women compared to men. In his observation, Harper’s research led him to the conclusion that women do, in fact, have a higher risk of stress, depression, and finally heart disease. With the respect of using Harper as my source, I’d like to offer my own input on the subject.

Sleep is as important to me as how many packets of sugar I prefer to drop in my coffee. Not too few, not too many. While most would assume that the original route of sleeping until you wake up is most applicable to every day (or night) situation, I’d like to think that too much sleep gives me a tendency towards staying nocturnal. I am not an owl and I am not a ninja, so I can’t argue on either side as to how much sleep a normal human needs. Modern scientists regard the sleep times for men and women my age between seven to nine hours. However, I find the sleep cycle in individuals dependent entirely on whomever we’re talking about.

For example, my partner, Mary, is 18, and requires a bare minimum of ten hours of sleep each night. With all intents and purposes of quelling the questions posed by present curiosity, it’s worth noting that Mary is a redhead. Redheads have a susceptibility to heat and UV light as well as a hypersensitivity to touch. Not only this, but they also require up to 20 percent more anesthesia than the normal human being. With that difference in body chemistry, it’s not difficult to imagine that Mary has a bodily need for extra hours of sleep.

Her desire for that amount of hours is precise and unforgivable. Anything shorter than 15 or 20 minutes of sleep renders her in tears and nausea. Not only this, but her body temperature drops at least ten degrees before she feels the need to vomit. Needless to say, Mary and I sleep in separate rooms.

By comparison to me, most adults (male, for that matter) at the age of 20 settle with a modest eight hours of sleep, and others can’t exceed a maximum of six. If I don’t have the bare minimum of eight hours of sleep, my entire mood will shatter. This is merely an emotional reaction and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

My emotions don’t matter, really.

If I were to place myself in the shoes of redOrbit’s own Carter Lee, we’d have a completely different story. Carter manages models on top of writing for the Washington Times, creating a 19-hour work day that would leave any other human being in cold tears. Carter is used to a four-hour (sometimes no sleep at all) sleep schedule and does so out of obligation to keeping his body healthy.

Carter is not human.

He does, however, suffer from PTSD and cluster headaches, of which, when both combined, make any Greek-style Olympian want to blow his/her brains out. Neither of these are a direct result of Carter’s sleeping habits (to be debated), but I imagine that there is no male who makes a better candidate for the topic.

Both of these individual’s sleeping habits are conquerable using Michael Harper’s observation. Since they’re only two people, I wouldn’t refer to this as scientific proof, but the theory seems sound to me.

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