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It's official: Women more grumpy than men in the morning
The Daily Mail ^ | October 26, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 10/25/2006 4:04:40 PM PDT by MadIvan

Maybe it's that withering look she gives you as she clatters her coffee cup or perhaps she's just plain snappy, but men have for years bemoaned the perils of early mornings with their better halves.

Millions of chaps across the country have come to agree that the best way to avoid the outbreak of World War Three over breakfast is to keep well away until the bad tempered creature that came from beneath the duvet (aka the wife) lightens up a bit.

New research has confirmed they have every right to be wary. It found that not only are women grumpier than men first thing, but also that they remain in a foul mood for longer.

A survey by The Sleep Council showed a quarter of men never wake up in a bad mood, compared to just one in seven women.

And reeling from a sleepless night, caused mainly by stress and worry, 13 per cent of the so-called fairer sex will remain in a bad mood for up to four hours, compared to ten per cent of men.

Jessica Alexander of the Sleep Council said women's grumpiness may be worsened because they shoulder most of the household chores in the morning.

"Twenty-eight per cent of women as opposed to only 5 per cent of men do any housekeeping before going to work," she said.

"It also tends to be them that prepares the breakfast, spends time with the children, check their emails and attend to their beauty regime. Women far outweigh men in having a busy and packed morning.

"So what do men do? Apparently just get up and go out: 17 per cent of them spend only 10 minutes on their wake up and get out routine."

The survey, published for national sleep-in day on October 29 when the clocks go back and people get an extra hour in bed, found that four in ten people believe a disturbed night is the main reason for grumpiness in the morning.

Nearly one in five of the population (18 per cent) say they never really get a good night's sleep.

But sleep secrets vary greatly between the sexes. For 18 per cent per cent of men it's nothing a stiff drink can't fix, while 19 per cent admitted sex was the key.

However, more than half of the women asked would rather tuck themselves in with a good book and 28 per cent said soaking in a hot bath sent them off to sleep. But seven per cent admitted resorting to sleeping pills to ensure a peaceful slumber.

A quarter of the 2,105 people who completed the online survey those cited general stress and worry as a reason for early morning moodiness, while 15 per cent just find it hard climbing out of a warm and comfortable bed.

Those over 45 years old suffer most in the sleep starvation stakes with 44 per cent saying they never get a good night's sleep. This could be down to their teenage kids who are the moodiest of all, with 25 per cent staying so for up to four hours after waking.

Regionally, Londoners are Britain's grumpiest with nearly one in five staying crabby for between two and four hours in the morning, the survey found.

Worst areas for bad sleepers are Yorkshire and the north east where only seven percent get seven nights of good sleep. In the south east, people get twice as much good sleep with 14 percent enjoying seven sound nights' sleep.

Miss Alexander said: "In London, it seems stress is the most likely cause for waking up in a bad mood, because many capital dwellers tend to be better sleepers."

Londoners also exercise most in the morning to get their day off to a good start. People in the north-west are quickest at getting ready for work with more than a third doing so in under 20 minutes.


TOPICS: Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: men; morning; uk; women
I would never dare say my better half is more grumpy in the morning. We're both grumpy at having to wake up. :)

Regards, Ivan

1 posted on 10/25/2006 4:04:42 PM PDT by MadIvan
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To: Mrs Ivan; odds; DCPatriot; Deetes; Barset; fanfan; LadyofShalott; Tolik; mtngrl@vrwc; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 10/25/2006 4:04:56 PM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

Don't even look at me in the morning, let alone speak to me.


3 posted on 10/25/2006 4:06:14 PM PDT by onyx (We have two political parties: the American Party and the Anti-American Party.)
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To: MadIvan

Somehow I think if it were the guy getting up all night with the baby - or older kids peeing their bed, then this would be reversed.


4 posted on 10/25/2006 4:06:39 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: MadIvan
I Never wake up grumpy in the morning..........
(I always let her sleep in)
J
5 posted on 10/25/2006 4:09:16 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: MadIvan

In the morning people have gotten to the point of not even speaking to me until I speak to them first.


6 posted on 10/25/2006 4:13:14 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: MadIvan
I know a good way to wake women up in the morning and it keeps a smile on their face all day long.
7 posted on 10/25/2006 4:17:18 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: onyx

Good thing Mrs. Slim is still asleep when I leave!


8 posted on 10/25/2006 4:18:11 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Dancing through life like a street mime with tourettes syndrome.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim


LOL! I am permitted to sleep as late as I wish. :)


9 posted on 10/25/2006 4:19:24 PM PDT by onyx (We have two political parties: the American Party and the Anti-American Party.)
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To: MadIvan

Well ... if you were to turn off my alarm clock because you didn't like it being so loud and never woke me up so I could get the kids up and get ready for school on time .. all before I've had a few cups of coffee

Yea ... I might rip your head off in the morning

Other then that .. I can be very pleasant :0)


10 posted on 10/25/2006 4:19:40 PM PDT by Mo1 (GET OUT AND VOTE - SAY NO TO DEMOCRATS)
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To: MadIvan; onyx; Mo1; All

I can be pleasant, as long as I am allowed all my sleep.

That means don't even think about talking to me, or touching me before my alarm goes off.

After that, when I'm resigned to get up, I'm fine.

At that point I'm the one with the cheery "Good Morning!"


11 posted on 10/25/2006 4:28:48 PM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: fanfan; onyx

I long for the days when I can sleep as long as I wish

But that ain't happening till at least 2018


12 posted on 10/25/2006 4:42:45 PM PDT by Mo1 (GET OUT AND VOTE - SAY NO TO DEMOCRATS)
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To: MadIvan

"Complain that I'm grumpy just one more time, and ...."

13 posted on 10/25/2006 4:43:12 PM PDT by Map Kernow ("I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing" ---Thomas Jefferson)
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To: MadIvan
I AM NOT!!!!!!! SmileyCentral.com
14 posted on 10/25/2006 4:43:15 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: Mo1

According to the Aztec calender, it all ends sometime in December, 2012. I plan to be asleep.
;-)

What's happening in 2018?


15 posted on 10/25/2006 4:44:55 PM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: MadIvan
This reminds me of a shirt I saw a woman wearing that read:

"I didn't wake up crabby...

he woke up all by himself".

16 posted on 10/25/2006 4:45:18 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: MadIvan; All
The FIRST thing that 99.9% of all men do, upon awakening, is to scratch the jewels and make sure everything's still intact..that's why we wake up smiling...

Somewhat related....an old Dean Martin joke....

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink, because when they wake up, that's as good as they're gonna feel for the rest of the day..."

17 posted on 10/25/2006 4:48:13 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: fanfan
What's happening in 2018?

My youngest becomes of legal age and I can legally ignore them all *L*

18 posted on 10/25/2006 4:48:37 PM PDT by Mo1 (GET OUT AND VOTE - SAY NO TO DEMOCRATS)
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To: Mo1

You mean ignoring them is illegal?

;-D


19 posted on 10/25/2006 5:00:04 PM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: MadIvan
13 per cent of the so-called fairer sex will remain in a bad mood for up to four hours, compared to ten per cent of men.

Men start drinking earlier.

20 posted on 10/25/2006 5:08:14 PM PDT by socal_parrot (Quietly making noise)
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To: socal_parrot
Men start drinking earlier.

Speak for yourself. ;^)

21 posted on 10/25/2006 5:20:02 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: fanfan; Mo1

Poor Mo1 can sleep in late approximately 12 years from now. :)


22 posted on 10/25/2006 5:20:30 PM PDT by onyx (We have two political parties: the American Party and the Anti-American Party.)
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To: MadIvan

And rain falls down....
I'm not awake until noon....

Bad news is often I've already put in 5 hours of work.
Not good.


23 posted on 10/25/2006 5:21:32 PM PDT by najida (The internet is for kids grown up-- Where else could you have 10,000 imaginary friends?)
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To: onyx; fanfan

I've already had 14 years of no sleep .. Hey what's another 12 years :0(


24 posted on 10/25/2006 5:25:06 PM PDT by Mo1 (GET OUT AND VOTE - SAY NO TO DEMOCRATS)
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To: MadIvan

For whatever reason, my wife and every woman I've dated prior, has always been a royal grump on sunday nights.


25 posted on 10/25/2006 5:34:23 PM PDT by pissant
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To: MadIvan

What?
You couldn't find that, "Master of the Obvious," picture for this post?!

;-)


26 posted on 10/25/2006 5:35:19 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: MadIvan

ping


27 posted on 10/25/2006 5:38:15 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: Fiddlstix
(I always let her sleep in)

That's what I do.
At the times when it doesn't work and she STILL is a grouch, I have fresh coffee ready for her.


And when I know THAT won't work, either?
I take my Sons and hide in a mall/park/WalMart/parking lot/ miles from home. I know better.

28 posted on 10/25/2006 5:38:56 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: MadIvan; leda
I remember looking at leda, when we were in HS, thinking, "How can she be so perfect, this early?"

Now I know. Stay out of her way. Far away.

(Yes, hon, I will sleep on the couch. LOL)

29 posted on 10/25/2006 5:41:47 PM PDT by patton (Sanctimony frequently reaps its own reward.)
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To: MadIvan

Please--it's because the guy was snoring all night keeping us awake!


30 posted on 10/25/2006 5:42:47 PM PDT by I_like_good_things_too
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To: MadIvan

Ahhhh......
This would explain the other study which found the following disparity;
59% of men and 19% of women think about sex all of the time.


31 posted on 10/25/2006 5:48:05 PM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: patton

me? grumpy? never!
well maybe after a night of listening to buzz saws ;)


32 posted on 10/25/2006 5:57:50 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: G Larry
Which is made worse by the emotional factor of:
The man doesn't want it until the woman says he can't have it.
Mister Spock taught us that.
33 posted on 10/25/2006 7:39:56 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: MadIvan

I've known for years I'm not fit to talk to in the morning. My solution has always been to get up at least an hour earlier where I can have my quiet time and attitude adjustment because having an asinine argument absolutely ruins my day. Much better if I lose an hour of sleep than to mull over things said during an early morning argument.


34 posted on 10/25/2006 7:45:39 PM PDT by Sally'sConcerns
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To: MadIvan

Recent stories of interest and my take:

Report finds sex always on men's minds
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1725349/posts
Wow. That’s a real shocker. Who would have guessed?

Moderate drinking reduces men's heart attack risk
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1725361/posts
Great... So the obnoxious oversexed drunk guys I meet will live longer.

Mobile phones wreaking havoc with sperm
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1725083/posts
Well at least obnoxious, oversexed, old drunk guys with cell phones in constant use trying to hook up with younger hot babes, won’t be able to reproduce.

It's official: Women more grumpy than men in the morning
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1725905/posts
Go figure. I you woke up next to an obnoxious, oversexed, old drunk guy with a cell phone, you’d be grumpy too.

Not too much sex please, we are still British you know
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1725502/posts
Evidently none of the above is a problem in England.


35 posted on 10/25/2006 9:09:25 PM PDT by Caramelgal (Too annoyed right now for a tagline. Check back later.)
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To: MadIvan
Clemenza in the morning makes Dustbin Oscar seem like a perkier Rachel Ray.

Don't EVER come toward me in the morning all chipper and talkative. You will get warned only once...

36 posted on 10/25/2006 9:12:08 PM PDT by Clemenza (I have such a raging clue!)
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To: MadIvan

My Sweetness must be the exception that proves the rule.

I've never loved mornings so much as in the last four months.


37 posted on 10/25/2006 9:13:41 PM PDT by Petronski (CNN is an insidiously treasonous, enemy propaganda organ.)
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To: MadIvan; Mrs Ivan
It's official: Women more grumpy than men in the morning

Hmmmm, errr, depends on the night!

38 posted on 10/25/2006 9:17:03 PM PDT by odds
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To: MadIvan
We're both grumpy at having to wake up.

Very true, very true.

Although I will confess to being exceptionally grumpy when I have to get up at 3 a.m. to travel halfway across Europe, but it's not really the waking up that causes that.

39 posted on 10/25/2006 10:54:57 PM PDT by Mrs Ivan (English, and damned proud of it.)
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To: RandallFlagg; MadIvan
You mean this one?


40 posted on 10/25/2006 11:18:09 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Payback: this time it's for real...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Heh-heh!


41 posted on 10/25/2006 11:28:36 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: MadIvan
I told Mrs Vimto about this. She just grunted. Ho hum....
42 posted on 10/26/2006 12:21:23 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: vimto

I've always wondered about your screen name until my recent trip to Britain. What a great tasting soda. I checked the supermarkets in my part of the country (western Wisconsin) to see if they sell the stuff. Unfortunately they don't. My Norwich raised wife brought back a ton of Sainsbury's tea with us, but no Vimto. Alas.


43 posted on 10/26/2006 3:08:01 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2
Hi! Glad you liked it. A past conservative leader once described something (cannot remember what) as 'Vimto British'! A taste of Britain and a taste of the 1950's and 60's before Coke and all that jazz.

Vimto went out of fashion during the 70's 80's 90's but is now gaining ground once more. Yet I still cannot get it where I live in Wales! I understand that they are presently trying to break into the American market.

Glad you married a British lass! Have you come across the mythical Radio Norwich? Very funny, worth a look.

http://www.coogans-run.co.uk/alanpartridge/

warm regards!
44 posted on 10/26/2006 3:59:01 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: Apple Blossom

Read this in the afternoon bump.


45 posted on 10/26/2006 4:00:11 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: vimto
"Radio Norwich"

You mean the Steve Coogan/Alan Featherstone thing? Hilarious. My wife enjoyed pointing out places of interest around Norwich that were used for location shots by Coogan. And I actually saw quite a few of those places while visiting Norwich last month. We saw a great many British landmarks on our trip like London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Stonehenge, Loch Ness, etc. But next time I want to see the big one: BLACKPOOLE!!!

46 posted on 10/26/2006 4:28:36 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: vimto

I'm sorry, I meant Alan Partridge, not Alan Featherstone. Where have I seen that name?


47 posted on 10/26/2006 4:30:00 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2
Blackpool is the real British deal - be warned though it expensive (very), dirty and shoddy, the people you buy tickets from for the rides are rude and ignorant. Loved it!

Best part was walking back to the car in the dark October drizzle. Some guy in the backstreet selling hot chestnuts. Made the day. Forever amber!
48 posted on 10/26/2006 4:36:46 AM PDT by vimto (Blighty Awaken!)
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To: vimto

We visited Great Yarmouth which my wife tells me an eastern version of Blackpool. Enjoyed that too. My only regret in visiting Britain was not purchasing a Jimmy hat in Scotland when I had the chance. Och aye!


49 posted on 10/26/2006 10:15:48 AM PDT by driftless2
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