Men Really Don't Hear a Crying Baby at Night

Men Really Don't Hear a Crying Baby at Night

Carrie McBride
Jan 6, 2010

We almost wish we hadn't read this article because maybe now we have to start believing our husband when he says he doesn't hear our son crying in the middle of the night. Researchers in England have been looking into what sounds are most likely to wake men and women at night. A crying baby didn't even crack mens' top ten list.

The number one sound to wake women - whether or not they were mothers - was the sound of a crying baby. Men were most likely to be woken by car alarms, howling wind and a buzzing fly. Psychologist David Lewis had this possible explanation,"These differing sensitivities may represent evolutionary differences that make women sensitive to sounds associated with a potential threat to their children while men are more finely tuned to disturbances posing a possible threat to the whole family."

Another interesting tidbit from the study (which also rings true for us) is that overall women wake more frequently and have a harder time returning to sleep once they've been woken. Great.

The study was conducted in England and took place in a sleep lab where brain activity was monitored and recorded sounds were played. You can read more online at the Daily Mail.

(photo: by Flickr member Ciaran McGuiggan licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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