Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) took on a stimulating topic recently covered by British media: do women who sleep less have unsatisfying sex lives?

The study was carried out by researchers from a number of US institutions: the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, Ohio State University, Georgetown University, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, University of Texas and the University of California. It was funded by the US National Institutes of Health. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Menopause.

The Mail Online gave a reasonable overview of the study, although it did suggest that lack of sleep had been established as a cause of poor sexual satisfaction, rather than simply linked to it.

The Daily Telegraph’s report approached the research from the perspective of a woman’s “frustrated lover”, advising readers to “Listen to your partner when she says she’s too tired for sex” and saying that the research shows tiredness may not just be a “thin alibi… to avoid amorous relations”. Its coverage suggests that their readers would otherwise ignore women’s protests that they didn’t feel like sex, which one hopes is not the case.

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