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Bed Sharing ‘Drains Men’s Brains’

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Posted on Jul 24, 2006
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Sleeping in bed with a woman impairs a man’s mental abilities the next day and increases stress hormones, a study has found.  This is despite most men reporting a better night’s sleep alongside a woman, and happens regardless of whether the couple has sex. The impairment doesn’t appear to apply to women.


Sharing a bed with someone could temporarily reduce your brain power - at least if you are a man - Austrian scientists suggest.

When men spend the night with a bed mate their sleep is disturbed, whether they make love or not, and this impairs their mental ability the next day.

The lack of sleep also increases a man’s stress hormone levels.

According to the New Scientist study, women who share a bed fare better because they sleep more deeply.


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By jonahclint, June 7, 2010 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

I think that there is a way to regain the normality in this situation. Men, get the most comfortable tempurpedic mattress you can find before having your girlfriend sleep over. She will cause you sleep stress, but the mattress will relax you, and in the morning you will be at your optimal capacity and brain power.

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By Calder, July 25, 2006 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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This is just another exammple of the liberal gay-pushing academic elites tyring to advance the gay agenda. Stop sleeping with women, they tell us men. The next study will say that all the genuises in the world have at least one homo relationship each week. I sleep with women all the time, and my brian capacity is just fine.

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By Druthers, July 25, 2006 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment
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Now we learn that men have leaky brains—they rule the world—and just look at the condition it is in.

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By rachelle, July 25, 2006 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment
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I love my husband and I think he loves me, but I do sleep better without him—while knowing that he is always there if/when I need him—and he without me. He’s kinda weird: he sleeps with 3 pillows and I am happy with little or none. He doesn’t snore, but he sure is ‘private’ suddenly. I move about all twisted and he doesn’t. Sheesh.

So… What else is new? Why didn’t they ask me?

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By Rowdy!, July 25, 2006 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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...and what does the study have to say about men who sleep with other men?  I personally sleep much better when my partner sleeps with me, one day I’ll get him to agree to move in with me!

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By Laura or Rice?, July 25, 2006 at 4:34 am Link to this comment
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OK-Let’s test Bush in this area of study and I would almost guarantee, based on his mental abilities he is sleeping with someone every night.

Laura or Rice?

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By 88 GG, July 25, 2006 at 3:02 am Link to this comment
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Absolutely agree!
That’s good reason for my stupid single life in 88 years.

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By Collin Brendemuehl, July 24, 2006 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment
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Probably depends on the amount of snoring involved.  smile


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By John Dwyer, July 24, 2006 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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Studies always find ways to stop the things that make life worth living.  Personally, I think I have enough brain power to spare for sharing my bed with my wife.  She drains me in more ways than one 24/7, but I’m the big buyer from the East and have deep pockets.

I’m not giving up women, coffee, alcohol, nor butter just because of some study.  Those guys just don’t want to have fun.

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