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New research has found that gay men find it harder to fall asleep than straight men.
A study, carried out over a period of two years, compared the sleep habits of 100,000 people with the National Sleep Foundation’s report that states a healthy adult should get between seven and nine hours sleep every day.
Published in Sleep Health, the research discovered that LGBT+ people in general have more trouble achieving optimum sleep than heterosexual people do.
In fact, gay men specifically had markedly more trouble falling asleep than any other group.
Interestingly, the study also found that gay men are most likely to use medication in a bid to help them have a good nights sleep.
Researchers suggested that the increased likelihood of smoking and mental health issues among LGBT+ people was likely to have contributed to their poorer sleeping habits as a whole, and added that the results could “provide an understanding of how to assist in improving overall health among sexual minority groups.”
Poor sleeping habits have been linked to weight gain, poor health and depression, reports NewNowNext.
A man who brutally killed his eight year old son because he thought he was gay is facing the death sentence.
Isauro Aguirre was convicted in November of torturing and killing 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez over an eight month period, and this week jurors recommended that he be sentenced to death.
“We were plucked out of our everyday lives and brought together to serve,” the jury forewoman said. “We came together to bring justice for Gabriel.”
During the trial, the court had heard that Aguirre and his partner Fernandez beat and bit Gabriel, burned him with cigarettes, shot him with a B.B. gun, whipped him, starved him, fed him cat litter, and kept him gagged and bound before he was discovered on May 22, 2013.
They also fed the eight-year-old both cat feces and his own vomit during that time.
After he was murdered, the couple had called the emergency services that treated Gabriel, but only in an attempt to cover up their crimes, the prosecutor said.
“They didn’t call 911 to help Gabriel. They called 911 to cover up what they did,” he said. “The defendant lied on the 911 call.”
Gabriel was hospitalised and died two days later. Meanwhile, four social workers who were assigned to Gabriel’s case also face charges in connection with the death.
Text messages displayed to the court between the mother and her boyfriend showed that the couple tried to conceal the abuse while Gabriel was still alive.
Aguirre will be officially sentenced on March 8, 2018.
Two straight men in Ireland have revealed that they are planning to marry to avoid being taxed.
Neighbours Matt, 85 and Michael, have been friends for almost 30 years, and Matt wants his house to go to his pal when he passes away.
Michael has been a carer for his friend for years, and because he was “prepared to look after” Matt into his old age, the 85-year-old thought his house would be the perfect way to say thank you for his dedication.
“He’s been part of my life and when I die whatever I have in my home – no problems – he can have it,” said Matt.
Michael continued: “I love Matt… but not in a sexual way. He’s one of the nicest people that anyone will ever meet in your life.”
However, they came across an issue with their plan that left them stumped until the idea of marriage came to them both.
In Ireland, if you’re not married, then you face an inheritance tax bill of 33 percent, which Michael claims would make the property “a burden”.
Those who have tied the knot, gay or straight, can avoid the costly tax entirely.
When questioned whether he will tell women that he dates about their marriage, he said: “Probably so, of course I have to tell her!”
A new non-surgical procedure is gaining popularity in Australia among men.
Man Cave Sydney have started offering a brand new Penile Girth Enhancement procedure that involves injecting fillers directly into a man’s groin in a bid to increase the size of their manhood.
The clinic is one of only two around the world to offer the new method of enlargement, which lasts around 18 months, according to news.com.
“It’s non-surgical, minimally invasive, and fully reversible, with minimal downtime so men can increase their girth in an hour without scalpels, stitches, general anaesthetic or hospital stay,” said Dr Kotai.
“Filler injections are used under the skin of the penis to instantly increase girth (it is placed between the layers of fascia). Filler is also known as Hyaluronic acid — these are the same fillers traditionally used in lips and cheeks.
“It’s a soft gel-like substance that occurs naturally in the body. A standard treatment can increase the flaccid girth by 2-3cm, and erect girth by 1.0-2.5cm, with effects lasting 18 to 24 months.”
The procedure uses a “blunt needle” – honestly we can’t deal – that injects acid – SERIOUSLY – directly into the tissue of the penis, which is then manipulated in a bid to out the filler into the correct position.
“We use a blunt needle known as a cannula,” continued the doctor. “Hyaluronic acid is injected into the areolar tissue of the penis.
“Then gentle but firm pressure will be used to manipulate the filler into place. Little to no pain is felt as topical anesthetic is applied prior to numb the injection sites. Laughing gas can also be administered if required.”