Women Wake Up Faster -- From Anesthesia
Women wake up faster from general anesthesia than men according to the medical journal Anesthesiology. This was the first study to illustrate this fascinating phenomenon.
Recovery from general anesthesia has long been known to be affected by many factors. However, gender has never been recognized as one of the factors that influences the time a patient takes to emerge from general anesthesia.
The conclusion that women wake faster from anesthesia seems quite convincing for the following reasons:
The lead author of the report, Dr. Tong J. Gan from Duke, told MedicineNet that he and his fellow investigators found that women wake up faster from general anesthesia by serendipity -- purely by accident!
The times from the end of anesthesia to eye opening and to a response to a verbal command were significantly different between men and women, meaning these differences were unlikely to be due to chance.
Men consistently had prolonged recovery times from anesthesia
compared to women, supporting the principle that men and women differ
in their sensitivity to anesthesia.