Did You Know?: Lack of Sleep & Marital Problems
Getting a good nightís sleep is important for well-being. But did you know that getting too little sleep can muck up your marriage?
According to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, women who have trouble falling asleep tend to have more negative interactions with their husbands the following day.
Men, though, donít seem to suffer from a lack of sleep in the same way. Whether guys fall asleep right away or toss and turn all night, they seem to get along just fine with their better halves.
So why does fitful sleep affect wives more than husbands?
The researchers speculate that because women on average tend to be more communicative, a poor nightís sleep may lead them to express irritability and frustration. Men, meanwhile, tend to keep those negative feelings to themselves.
That doesnít hold true for all wives and husbands, of course. And the studyís sample size of 35 couples is too small to prove anything. But it does add to growing evidence that quality of sleep can affect relationships, for better and worse.
And now you know.
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