Bitches Be Tired, Says Pretty Obvious New Study

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Yes, I'm aware that obscure film and television actress Lindsay Dee Lohan (pictured) is not actually sleeping in any non-substance-induced way, but just let me have this.

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There is a scientific reason why so many of these conversations happen:

You: I'm sooo tired.
Female Friend: Oh my God, me too, I got like four hours of sleep.
You: I got like one hour of sleep.
Female Friend: I'm sleeping right now.
You: Wake up!
Female Friend: Ugh, okay.
You: ZZZZZzzzz.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 15% of women say that they're "worn out" and "exhausted" most days or every day compared with 10% of men. (To be fair, I thought that the women's statistic would be muchhhh higher.) But when you break it down by age, the discrepancy becomes larger: in the 16 to 44-year-old age group, 16% of women classify themselves as tired-ass ladies compared with 9% of guys. At 44 to 64, it becomes slightly closer—16% to 12%.

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Researchers posit that it may have to do with the average childbearing age ringing in at about 25. For the rest of us, perhaps it's due to too many late nights, procrastinated deadlines and 3 AM wind-down beerz? Or perhaps the endless "having it all" dialogue? Ooh, yeah, see, I just got sleepy.

'Annals Of The Obvious: Women Way More Tired Than Men' [NPR]

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tammyhicks

Women in the 16-44 group are also menstruating, unlike the men, putting them at a higher risk of iron deficiency anaemia which is a very common cause of being "tired all the time". As is hypothyroidism, depression and diabetes. Blaming it on child rearing seems maybe a little disingenuous.

Anyway, this is good:

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthin…