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A study based on a survey involving 40,000 Taiwanese says that the better read a woman, the more likely she is to get a good shut-eye at night.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2007 20:43 IST

Stop counting those bleating sheep, girls. There is a way to get a guaranteed beauty sleep at night, which doesn’t leave you hankering after lamb chops the next morning. And, may we add, it also helps to get enough grist to make intelligent conversation in polite society at the same time. According to a study published in Science Daily, based on a survey involving 40,000 Taiwanese, the better read a woman, the more likely she is to get a good shut-eye at night.

A hint to get those snores going nice and strong: a serious (yawn! we mean boring) tome will mean that you doze off that much faster. For sleep’s sake, don’t take a thriller/murder mystery to bed with you. Besides the fact that it doesn’t qualify for the must-read-to-be-well-read list, the twists and turns of the plot will bring out an uncomfortably similar physical reaction from you as you try to sleep.

The study that shows a co-relation between well-educated women and sound sleep, also finds that there’s an equal and opposite reaction to education in men. That is, education makes men insomniac. Now just think what these findings could do to enrolment in schools in India, which, may we remind you, currently leans heavily against girls. Once our doting Indian mothers realise that they may actually be depriving their darling bleary-eyed sons of much-needed rest, tables (or, in this case, beds) could actually turn. With boys too being pulled out of schools, we could at least sleep tight over having achieved that dream: ending gender discrimination in education. Till, that is, we wake up and smell the coffee.