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Men Are Not as Likely to Wake Up Due to a Crying Baby

Dads Aren't Deaf, It's in Their Genes

What is the top sound most likely to disturb a woman's sleep? If you guessed a baby crying, you were right! According to a study done by the MindLab institution, women (mothers or not) wake up much easier than their male counterparts when it comes to weeping wee ones. In fact, crickets are more likely to awaken him from his slumber. Though many daddies may have the best of intentions, it may be plain science that keeps him from jumping out of bed when the babe is upset down the hall. The study found:

While some sounds, for instance your partner coughing or snoring beside you, disturb men and women equally, other noises such as a howling wind cause men to be more disturbed than women. . . . Women are more likely to be disturbed by a crying baby. . . . 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.

Does your man wake up when the baby cries?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I also don't think most men tend to find a baby crying to be something that needs an immediate response, anyway. I'm a people watcher and It was one of the first things I noticed among family/friends with kids years ago.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
I first learned about this from The Big Bang Theory (first season)!
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