Things that keep you up at night

June 13, 2011 1:24:42 PM PDT
The next time you get ticked off paying baggage fees at the airport, or when you get dinged $150 for changing your flight planes because your kid's soccer game switched times - consider this: The airlines last year made $3.4 billion from baggage fees, and $2.3 billion from reservation change fees.

In fact, we're told that the airlines made a total of $22 billion last year from so-called ancillary services, like extra fees and charges for additional legroom.

I'm just sayin'.

Speaking of things that keep you up at night, there's a new study out that is looking at 35 otherwise healthy married couples - and analyzing their sleep patterns.

The study, in Minneapolis, measured the time it took each partner to get to sleep after they went to bed.

The bottom line - and guys did they need a study to determine this? - any difficulties the wives had getting to sleep affected their own and their spouses marital interactions the next day.

What a shock, right? But the lesson might be for wives - and husbands - to make sure the women get enough sleep, something that seems difficult to achieve for many women, what with jobs or kids or both.

There is a surprising twist to the study, though. Because when husbands sleep less, it turns out it had the opposite effect than the women's experience. Less sleep actually boosted a man's marital bliss - perhaps because of what went on after the lights went out, the researchers said.

But they can't be sure, they say, because sexual activity is a hard topic to accurately research and even harder to get funding for.

We'll explore it, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, it's a subject that's taboo for most adults, but it's real. And tonight we take a closer look at workers who say they're now bullied or have been bullied on the job. More than 35 percent of American workers - or more than 53 million people. So what can you do about it? What's the recourse? Sandra Bookman has our story.

We're also following the travails of New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is now in some sort of rehab or treatment center (location not disclosed). His official request for a leave of absence will apparently happen tonight, but in the meantime there are mounting calls for him to resign.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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