Do Taiwanese girls sleep more than usual?

Sounds like an odd question but ever since I’ve known my wife, she seems to get an awful lot of sleep.

I first met her in the UK, we studied at the same uni. After she became my girlfriend she moved in with me, I would find it odd that she’d often have cat-naps during the day. She always went to bed earlier than me at about 11 or 12 and woke up at about 8am. What I didn’t get was why she needed to sleep for an hour after shopping, eating or anything. She’s healthy, slim and young so I don’t really understand why she’s always so tired?

When we got back to Taiwan she was the same, whether she was working hard or not, weekends or weekdays - she’d always be getting her cat-naps in. I go to bed at about 3 or 4am and wake up at 10 or 11 and I never ever feel tired during the day - I just can’t figure out what’s going on.

I always thought it was just my wife, but quite a few Taiwanese girls I know all say they love sleeping, sometimes I ask them what they did over their weekends - and quite frequently they’ll say they were just sleeping.

Has anyone else noticed this or does anyone have any idea what’s going on? Is it the result of a diet based on white rice? Is there something funny in the water???

My GF is the same on weekends and she normally has a nap in the office during lunch.
The lunch nap is very common here btw.
I think it’s something to do with the lack of sleep all Taiwanese people have during their school years :smiley:

My guess (which is probably wrong) is that she is either chronically ill, not getting enough exercise, overworked, lazy, or trying to avoid you. take your pick!

:laughing: I would say its very common … especially in Taiwan, girls dont want to go outside during daytime… I guess you know the reason :slight_smile:… so if you stay at home doing nothing, you just simply get tired, thats all… doesnt mean that they are lazy or else…

Why not ask your wife … and maybe get the stinky eye as an answer :roflmao:

Yes all my taiwan gfs have needed copious amounts of sleep.

If it’s a disease, I got it. I’ve gone local in the sense that I spend one day -either Saturday or Sunday- in a coma, either sleeping or napping. Can’t do anything else.

All my female roomates did the same thing. But then heaven forbid they couldn’t haul a bag of rice home without being exhausted. I blames it on their eating disorders but the truth is that I also know Taiwanese guys here who also suffer from this “sleeping” disorder -especially my coworkers.

Dehidration, perhaps? Lack of quality sleep? Air pollution affecting your air intake and hence your quality of sleep?

By the way, why is this in “relationships” if it is more of a health issue? Or does it affect your relationship beacuse you wanna be active when she’s knocked out?

I think its that tribal code thing they have that people, and women especially, should not exercise.

The ones, both male and female, who do get some regular exercise do not seem to have this affliction.

My wife falls into this unless I ‘push’ her to get out and do something.
Then shes always says how much better she feels.

[quote=“Dr Jellyfish”]Sounds like an odd question but ever since I’ve known my wife, she seems to get an awful lot of sleep.

I first met her in the UK, we studied at the same uni. After she became my girlfriend she moved in with me, I would find it odd that she’d often have cat-naps during the day. She always went to bed earlier than me at about 11 or 12 and woke up at about 8am. What I didn’t get was why she needed to sleep for an hour after shopping, eating or anything. She’s healthy, slim and young so I don’t really understand why she’s always so tired?

When we got back to Taiwan she was the same, whether she was working hard or not, weekends or weekdays - she’d always be getting her cat-naps in. I go to bed at about 3 or 4am and wake up at 10 or 11 and I never ever feel tired during the day - I just can’t figure out what’s going on.

I always thought it was just my wife, but quite a few Taiwanese girls I know all say they love sleeping, sometimes I ask them what they did over their weekends - and quite frequently they’ll say they were just sleeping.

Has anyone else noticed this or does anyone have any idea what’s going on? Is it the result of a diet based on white rice? Is there something funny in the water???[/quote]
Your and your wife’s sleeping patterns are almost identical to me and mine.

When my son gets quiet, I know he’s doing something he shouldn’t somewhere.
When my wife gets quiet, I know she’s having a nap somewhere.

Oh, and don’t wake her. You wont like her if you wake her. :astonished:

[quote=“TheLostSwede”]My GF is the same on weekends and she normally has a nap in the office during lunch.
The lunch nap is very common here btw.
I think it’s something to do with the lack of sleep all Taiwanese people have during their school years :smiley:[/quote]
There’s a Taiwanese guy I work with who comes in for his 2pm kindergarten class at 11am. He clocks in and sleeps in the teacher’s office until 1:50. Wakes up and goes to class. I asked him when he goes to sleep at night. He said usually around 10pm and wakes at 7am.

If you go to the main office around 11am to 2pm there are scattered bodies on desks all over the office with the lights dimmed. Oddly, it’s the same if you go into a kindergarten class at the same time… :idunno:

[quote=“guanbatt”]:lol: I would say its very common … especially in Taiwan, girls dont want to go outside during daytime… I guess you know the reason :slight_smile:… so if you stay at home doing nothing, you just simply get tired, thats all… doesnt mean that they are lazy or else…

Why not ask your wife … and maybe get the stinky eye as an answer :roflmao:[/quote]
Asked my wife and she just said, “我很累啊!!”

Yes.

[quote=“bismarck”]
Your and your wife’s sleeping patterns are almost identical to me and mine.
Oh, and don’t wake her. You wont like her if you wake her. :astonished:[/quote]

Me three. But it’s not just the girls. I notice whenever I get on a city-city bus within about 10 minutes I’m the only one awake.

Let sleeping angels lie. It’s convenient.

I’m quite jealous of the Taiwanese ability to sleep. I get jolted out of bed by the sound of two ants fighting over a grain of rice.

i usually need about ten hours sleep a night… I’m not so good at napping during the day though :cry:

I remember when I was in high school in Japan, we’d go to bed decently late and get up early for school… but then when we got home in winter, we’d lie underneath the blanket of the kotatsu on the electric carpet and sleep away the afternoon…

…those were the happiest days of my life :bow:

completely off-topic but.

Maybe Taiwanese people needing to sleep more is a combination of lack of exercise and diet? All my Taiwanese friends are decently slim, but pretty unfit… they eat badly and no stamina. I get pretty tired when I do that, too. Stress could be another one.

[quote=“guanbatt”]:lol: I would say its very common … especially in Taiwan, girls dont want to go outside during daytime… I guess you know the reason :slight_smile:… so if you stay at home doing nothing, you just simply get tired, thats all… doesnt mean that they are lazy or else…

Why not ask your wife … and maybe get the stinky eye as an answer :roflmao:[/quote]

I have asked her and she says she’s just tired, I had asked her to see a doctor about it before - I thought it might have been some kind of thyriod gland related problem or sleeping disorder, but I just got a “you think too much” reply or a “it’s just like that you know”.

:roflmao: I’ll pick no 2 and no 4.

[quote=“Icon”]If it’s a disease, I got it. I’ve gone local in the sense that I spend one day -either Saturday or Sunday- in a coma, either sleeping or napping. Can’t do anything else.

All my female roomates did the same thing. But then heaven forbid they couldn’t haul a bag of rice home without being exhausted. I blames it on their eating disorders but the truth is that I also know Taiwanese guys here who also suffer from this “sleeping” disorder -especially my coworkers.

Dehidration, perhaps? Lack of quality sleep? Air pollution affecting your air intake and hence your quality of sleep?

By the way, why is this in “relationships” if it is more of a health issue? Or does it affect your relationship beacuse you wanna be active when she’s knocked out?[/quote]

I could have put it in the health section. The truth is her napping annoys me and does affect the relationship, for instance we’ll be watching a movie and she’ll fall asleep during the first half, she even falls asleep during the movies she likes (and forces me to watch) like transporter 3 and the mummy returns 3. It’s annoying when you want to talk about something but your partner is sleeping on the sofa for no good reason and you have to call their name 10 times before they respond.

I don’t think this applies exclusively to the Taiwanese. I’ts a general Asian thing. My wife is Cantonese, and she sleeps at least 12 hours per day. I think it’s quite ridiculous. In between the mopping, laundry and cooking she naps frequently, but I can manage a 10 hour XBox marathon without even nodding off for a minute. How bizarre is that?

[quote]Your and your wife’s sleeping patterns are almost identical to me and mine.

When my son gets quiet, I know he’s doing something he shouldn’t somewhere.
When my wife gets quiet, I know she’s having a nap somewhere.

Oh, and don’t wake her. You wont like her if you wake her. [/quote]

So it’s not just my wife then, though my wife doesn’t get angry when I wake her, she just gets really distant and blurry eyed, I have to repeat things many times before I get any answer and she tends to answer the previous question (not the current one).

Besides her odd sleeping habits she’s a really lively person, when we go mountain walking together she always keeps up, I have trouble keeping up with her when she’s shopping, it’s just when she hits the magic sofa she changes.

You want to wake her up, bring out the Mahjong board, that should do it…

My mother in law is the same, after she makes breakfast she goes back to sleep, plays the stock market - goes back to sleep, goes to the day markets - then back to sleep, potters around the kitchen - straight back to sleep… it never stops!