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The Yawning Gap Between Dad and Mom

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Forget about a Father's Day breakfast-in-bed for dear old dad.

He'll probably be happier sleeping in.

A new study suggests that men don't bounce back from sleep loss as well as women.

According to polls done for the National Sleep Foundation, as many as half of American adults experience insomnia a few nights a week. But women apparently deal with it better than men.

Lead investigator Dr. Alexandros Vgontzas, a Penn State psychiatrist, said the study showed that women slept more deeply than men and were more resistant to disturbances after sleep time was cut.

"When women lost sleep, they were able to consolidate the sleep they did get," Vgontzas said. "Men were unable to do this and often felt the effects of the sleep loss more than the women."

The difference, he suggested, could be because "historically, women have had demands, such as infant and child care, which have lessened their ability to sleep through the night."

With Post Wire Services

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