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Study Shows Sleep Deprivation Makes it Difficult for Men to Tell if Women are Interested


Many studies have shown that sleep deprivation can impair your judgment. A new study discussed in a recent Huffington Post article suggests that sleepy men are more likely to overestimate when a women is physically attracted to them.

Jennifer Peszka, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Hendrix College and the lead author of the study, said the findings are very similar to studies that use alcohol, both of which inhibit the frontal lobe of the brain.

“Sleep deprivation could have unexpected effects on perceptual experiences related to mating and dating that could lead people to engage in sexual decisions that they might otherwise not when they are well-rested,” said Peszka.

The study asked a sample of 60 college students to rate a series of statements about their personal sexual interest and intentions as well as that of men and women in general. For example, the survey asked questions like “When a woman goes out to a bar, how likely is it that she is interested in finding someone to have sex with that night?”

For more on the study, visit the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s website.


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