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Study reveals men want sex even if they’re sleep deprived

A study conducted on 60 college students is indicating that sleep deprived men will likely think that women will want to have sex with them.

Sleep deprivation affects both men and women, but apparently it’s more so for men.  The study, which was conducted on 31 men and 29 women (all college students), showed that men without enough sleep tend to think that women are interested in having sex with them.  Unsurprisingly, the study also proves that women’s outlook on sex doesn’t change regardless of the amount of sleep they get.

Researchers conducted the study by surveying both the male and female subjects after a night of sleep deprivation, and found that men tend to think women are more interested in having sex with them.  (Example question: “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?”) After a well-rested night, however, the male cognitive process towards female sexual desire seems to get altered (somewhat).

“Our findings here is similar to those from studies using alcohol, which similarly inhibits the frontal lobe,” according to Jennifer Peszka, PhD, a co-principal investigator as well as professor of psychology at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark.  “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.  Poor decision-making in these areas can lead to problems such as sexual harassment, unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and relationship conflicts which are all factors that have serious medical, educational and economic implications for both the individual and for society.”

In any case, the study only helps to solidify the fact that men tend to make poor judgments when they are intoxicated or sleep deprived.  Women, on the hand, are more likely to maintain composure even under strenuous physical conditions.

Source:  aasmnet via popsci
Image: upenn, mensfitness


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