Men who avoid chores actually BOOST their wives’ health

A study shows chores benefit women's health
GETTY (STOCK)TAKE A BREAK: A study shows chores benefit women’s health but not men’s

Doing the chores helps keep older women healthier than men of the same age provided they get plenty of sleep, researchers suggest.Their study shows men over the age of 65 in Britain and other Western countries spend less time on housework than women their age.

Researchers found that women over 65 on average spent almost five hours a day doing housework compared to around three hours a day for men of that age.

The study also found that while those who did more housework felt healthier, women who did long hours of housework combined with too much or too little sleep had poorer health.

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“We were surprised to see significant gender differences when looking at the combination of time spent on housework activities and time spent sleeping.”

Nicholas Adjei

Study author Nicholas Adjei, from the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology in Germany, said: “Engaging in a few hours of housework may be beneficial to the health of older adults.

“However, we were surprised to see significant gender differences when looking at the combination of time spent on housework activities and time spent sleeping.

“Long periods of housework combined with too much or too little sleep – that is fewer than seven or more than eight hours of sleep, respectively – was associated with poor health among elderly women, whereas in men the same was associated with good health.”

The study, published in the journal BMC zPublic Health, found notable differences between the type of housework men and women spent time on.

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Across all countries included in this study, men spent less time cleaning, cooking and shopping than women – 88.7 minutes a day compared to 217.9 minutes a day.But women were found to spend less time on gardening and maintenance tasks than men – 38.5 minutes a day compared to 68.8 minutes daily.

Mr Adjei added: “The percentage of those who are aged 65 and above is increasing globally due to higher life expectancy.”

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