June 11, 2012

"Couples may get health benefits simply from sleeping in the same bed, a burgeoning field of study is showing."

Key word: may

I'm thinking that the causation "may" go in the opposite direction: Couples are sleeping together because they are already healthy and compatible.



I love this:
In a 2010 study of 29 couples, women who had fewer negative interactions with their partners during the day slept better that night. For men, it was reversed: Better sleep led to fewer negative interactions with their partners the next day.
And:
[O]n the days women said they had more positive interactions with their partners and fewer negative ones, the men slept better at night, too. "Women tend to drive the emotional content of the relationships," says Dr. Troxel, who co-wrote the study. "Husbands may take up a stronger signal" from wives.
There seems to be a contradiction in there, but the conclusion is clear: Men need to get along with their wives.

27 comments:

ndspinelli said...

"may" "sometimes" "can"..all horseshit qualifiers.

The Cubs "may" win the World Series this year.

The Cubs "can" win the World Series this year.

The Cubs "sometimes" win the World Series.

traditionalguy said...

What is the point? Sleeping together two in a bed is a psychological need, but waking the partner will lead to their heart disease from a lack of sleep. Hmmm, that sounds like the newest faked "science study" done to sell beds that don't wake the other up when one moves about.


Sleeping with a cocker spaniel is the answer. But that would not support the Sleep Number mattress sales or the Tempurapedic foam scam.

rhhardin said...

Dogs are perfect bed partners.

A similar survey needs to be done on this.

AllieOop said...

I share my bed with a Cuban cat. He sometimes snores and I have to kick him. Otherwise I sleep like an innocent babe.

Pogo said...

If two sleep better than one, why not 3 or 4 or 5?

The gubmint needs to mandate we all sleep in the same bed.
NTTAWWT.

glenn said...

Confusing cause and effect. It's the American way. See poverty.

MadisonMan said...

I completely misread your title.

I thought you could qualify for Health Insurance benefits simply by sleeping in someone else's bed.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

@MadMan

I read it the same way. Just goes to show great and little minds can think alike.

Rob said...

It really comes down to the most important rule of life- "When SHE is happy, everybody's happy." My son and I always substituted Mom for SHE.

edutcher said...

The Blonde, being something of a night owl (all those years she worked nights), comes to bed around 1. I've noticed I can't get to sleep until she hits the pillow.

Ann Althouse said...

the conclusion is clear: Men need to get along with their wives.

Most guys notice that real early.

Bob Ellison said...

Interesting that Instapundit linked this same day to an article that notes that spouseless people in Africa are well known to be at greater risk of death from malaria.

Calypso Facto said...

Missing the critical bridge:

"[O]n the days women said they had more positive interactions with their partners and fewer negative ones, women were willing to have sex, and the the men slept better at night, too.

Ann Althouse said...

"But that would not support the Sleep Number mattress sales or the Tempurapedic foam scam."

Do not dip your mattress in batter and deep-fry it.

traditionalguy said...

Huh? Is Bloomberg against fried mattresses now? My Zen aphorism dictionary is not getting any hits on that one.

The foam mattresses we tried would overheat so badly, that they now sell a cooler add on to help. That's after already charging you $2500 for the defective product.

Incidentally, I weigh 175 while the wife weighs 105. That may be why the cocker spaniel on her side is perfect to balance the bed...until the cat strolls around and plops herself down into any small opening she choses.

Moose said...

"Yes dear..."

sane_voter said...

My wife and I think our Tempur-pedic is the best mattress we have ever slept on by far.

Expensive, yes; but you spend roughly 1/3 of your life on your mattress.

AllieOop said...

Ack, the last Tempura I had tasted like mattress.

William said...

I wonder if people lie as much about their inactivity as their activity in bed.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

It is impossible to have roll over sex if you aren't sleeping in the same bed.

karrde said...

[Puts on Devil's Advocate hat]
...but the conclusion is clear: Men need to get along with their wives.

Do you assume that the wife does not need to change, but the husband does?

Does that mean that the wife is unable to affect the number of negative interactions? It appears obvious that the husband is able to affect the number of negative interactions...
[/Takes off Devil's Advocate hat]

What do I know? I'm still single.

Chip Ahoy said...

I learned a few things about tempura by making it dozens of times over a period of years. You might find useful, maybe not.

* Tempura is about ice cold batter into hot oil. It drips, splatters, makes a mess so setup is important. Batter close to the oil, drain rack on other side.

* The batter is enhanced by mixing dry ingredients, all purpose wheat flour with additions of rice flour and corn starch.

* batters that contain egg are better.

* cold effervescent liquid is better than baking powder.

* some hard vegetables must be blanched first, like sweet potato is excellent but needs help.

* smooth surfaces can be scratched to help the batter adhere, like jalapenos

* items dusted in dry ingredients before being battered to help the batter cling.

* some vegetables you'd expect to be great are not, like mushrooms are not a particular favorite although I like them a lot.

* It's a one-shot deal, items cannot be reheated.

* Pros shallow fry in large cast iron pan. Additional batter is spooned directly onto the edges of frying pieces to extend the fried batter in bizarre patterns like insect legs.

* almost all bits of seafood work well, although oddly salmon isn't a favorite

* The dipping sauce contains dashi. Dashi meaning broth but implying kombu dashi which is a seaweed broth, very similar to seaweed tea, for the base, the kombu dashi can contain flaked bonito but for some tastes that is fortifying too far for this application, even though a typical dashi will have both kombu and shaved bonito. So you must have a piece of kombu to make the kombu tea, the weak dashi. The tempura sauce also contains mirin, soy sauce, sugar and possibly a little sake, heated. I always throw in chile flakes.

I have never done a tempura pedic. In fact, I do not even know what a pedic is. But if done well, as a co-project, cutting up favorite ingredients together, successful delightfully light meal, delightful light conversation mostly about how great the meal is you just prepared together, this can get you laid.

traditionalguy said...

Shrimp Tempura...Ok, I get it. Good joke.

So you coat your shrimp, hopefully a large one or maybe even a Tiger Prawn, and then you insert it into oil heated to just the right tempurature and then enjoy yourself, but not for more than 4 hours.

Fred Drinkwater said...

@ChipAhoy: Thanks, that was the most useful information I have seen all month.

I'm with MadMan and a few others about the posting title, but my first thought was, Oh hey, yet another unforeseen consequence of the Affordable Care Act.

In practice, I sleep better solo, but I do not prefer it. I think extensive, government-funded studies are essential to discover whether the net benefits are on one side or the other. I vote that Mr. W. Buffett pay for them.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I are very happily married and we don't sleep in the same bedroom, let alone the same bed. We tried for a while but realized we were sleeping fitfully, not rested, and kept slightly different schedules. We now read and talk in bed and then one of us departs for separate quarters. And our love life is gangbusters. We're never going back...

Barry Dauphin said...

Suppose scientists discover that people who drink big gulps sleep better? What will Bloomberg do (WWBD)?

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Rob said...

It really comes down to the most important rule of life- "When SHE is happy, everybody's happy." My son and I always substituted Mom for SHE.

Down South it was phrased in the converse:

When Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

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