Hands up if you and your OH bicker about who needs to let the dog out at 6am/ which of you needs to get up and make breakfast for the kids/ who should answer the door to whoever is relentlessly knocking while you’re regretting all those Saturday night espresso martinis? The last thing you want to do is roll out from under the covers when you’re tired, hungover, or have plans to enjoy a very lazy Sunday.
And don’t even get us started on how hard the early mornings can be when you’re stressed out about all the Christmas shopping you haven’t done and aren’t able to sleep all night.
But we’ve got good news – for women, at least.
According to new research, there are health benefits to women staying in bed longer – but it doesn’t quite work that way for men.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that when women indulged in a bit of a post-alarm sleep, it could potentially reduce their risk of diabetes. However, when men decided to stay in bed for an extra five mins it has the opposite effect, instead increasing their risk of the disease.
Scientists discovered the link between amount of sleep, gender and insulin levels during the experiment which involved 800 individuals.
Dr Femke Rutters from the VU Medical Centre in Amsterdam explained to the Mail Online: ‘In a group of nearly 800 healthy people, we observed sex-specific relationships between sleep duration and glucose metabolism.
‘In men, sleeping too much or too little was related to less responsiveness of the cells in the body to insulin, reducing glucose uptake and thus increasing the risk of developing diabetes in the future.
‘In women, no such association was observed. This research shows how important sleep is to a key aspect of health.’