Happily Married Women Sleep Easy
A recent study at the Univeristy of Pittsburgh which examined the sleeping habits of nearly 2,000 middle-aged married women found that those who reported fewer sleep disturbances were also the happiest with their marriages. Additional variables such as ethnicity and other factors were also taken into account:
Participants were asked to rate their degree of happiness in their marriage from 1 to 7, with 7 being the happiest. They were also asked if they had difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or whether they woke early without being able to return to sleep.
The researchers looked at several other factors that might contribute to sleeplessness, such as a woman's social support network, depressive symptoms, economic hardship and employment status, alcohol and caffeine consumption, presence of children in the home, sexual activity, age, and hormonal status.
African-American women were more likely to suffer from sleep disturbances than Japanese, Hispanic and Chinese women, while white and Japenese women reported the highest levels of marital happiness.
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