Welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Sleeper!

This week has certainly been hectic for me, but fun. I gave lectures in Michigan and Atlanta, and then enjoyed a little R and R with the family, so a bit more balance in my life.

Looking through some of the sleep studies published this week, I found two that were fun, interesting, and something many people may be fascinated by: SleepTalking and how housecleaning can improve a man’s sleep!

Medical News Today reported:

Sleep talking is estimated to affect around 5% of all adults, but many more of us may experience this complex behavior, particularly if we’re stressed or sleep-deprived. In fact, research has indicated that more than 66 percent of us have spoken during sleep at some point in our lives. Sleepwalking is basically harmless. However, if you’ve ever worried that you might say something in your sleep that your bed partner can give you a hard time about for years to come, a new study may confirm your fears! Researchers in France watched (and listened) to over 232 adults (most of whom had a sleep disorder already) and there were 883 “speech episodes” with 3349 words that the researchers could make out. Here is where it got interesting …

The most common word spoken during sleep talking was “no.” This word appeared almost 4 times more often when subjects were asleep than when they were awake. But that isn’t the worst part: the team found that nearly 10 percent of all the speech episodes contained swearing, with the “F-word” appearing around 800 times more during slumber. Swearing during sleep was more common in men than women, and men tend to sleep talk more in general.

So, if you let something slip in your sleep, while it may not be your fault, it might be R-Rated!

The other study I thought was fascinating had to do with men doing more housework and how it affects the benefits of sleep. Medical News Today reported:

The study (which reviewed sample data for a large survey [ over 36,000 people age 65+] revealed that older men engaged in 3.1 hours of household activities per day, while older women spent almost 4.7 hours daily on housework — almost 2 hours more every day. When it came to looking at the effects of housework on health, researchers found that elderly adults who spent between 3 and 6 hours on housework every day were 25 percent more likely to report good health, compared with those who spent just 1–2 hours doing housework each day.

When adding sleep to the mix, the study revealed that getting too much or too little — defined as under 7 hours or more than 8 hours per night — negated the health benefits of housework for women. Among men, however, sleep duration appeared to have no impact on the health benefits of at least 3 hours of housework daily. “The result suggests that regardless of sleep duration, less housework was associated with poor health status among both genders,” say the researchers. The author stated, “In order to achieve equity in health, there should be a balance in the distribution of household task[s] among older men and women.”

So while my fellow males may not like these results, sharing the housework equally may result in better health.

Don’t forget to tune in Wednesday, Jan 31st, 7:30am PST, 10:30am EST, for my next Wake Up Wednesday where I answer YOUR most pressing sleep questions LIVE on Facebook.

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This week’s most popular Tweet was: Mood swings, anxiety and night sweats: Sleep disturbances during and after menopause.

Sweet Dreams,

Michael Breus, Ph.D
The Sleep Doctor