The specter of Palin, not content to haunt our waking hours, has invaded our sleeping ones as well: the other day, Slate editor David Plotz admitted to dreaming of Sarah Palin. "Night after night, she appears in my dreams, always as a scolding, ominous figure," Plotz wrote. But he's not the only one in the Slate microcosm to dream of Sarah. "One Obama-supporting colleague dreamed she had urged her young son to kill Palin with a string bean. Another dreamed she was at a fashion show and Palin served her crème fraîche on little scooped corn chips," he noted. And no wonder so many of these Palin-ponderers are women: according to the BBC, women are far more prone to nightmares and other sleep disturbances than men are, and that part of those disturbances you actually can blame on your period!"In a study of 170 volunteers asked to record their most recent dream, 19% of men reported a nightmare compared with 30% of women," the BBC reports. Additionally, the changes in body temperature that women experience during their menstrual cycle can lead to disrupted sleep, and as a result, "pre-menstrual women report more vivid and disturbing dreams." Not only do we have more vivid and terrifying menses-visions, but we also are more likely to be insomniacs. "In terms of processing emotional information, women may be more prone to taking unresolved concerns into their sleep life," Dr. Jennifer Parker, a sleep researcher, told the BBC. This must be why my Palin-induced terror has led me to more than one night of less than five hours of sleep. Thanks for nothing, ovaries! I Dream About Sarah Palin. Do You? [Slate] Women 'More Prone To Nightmares'[BBC]

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