Have you ever wondered how your romantic relationships affect your sleep? Not only do your relationships have a significant impact on your sleep, but your quality of sleep also directly impacts your romantic relationships. Let's take a look at the relationship between love and sleep.
The increased psychological state of being newly in love can do wonders for quality sleep and a feeling of being well rested. A study evaluating 60 adolescents who had recently fallen in love concluded that those in early-stage intense romantic love recorded fewer hours of sleep, increased sleep quality and lowered daytime sleepiness .
Not only do relationships have an effect on sleep, but sleep has an effect on relationships. Specifically, an increase in sleep fosters healthier and happier relationships.
A study which looked at the effect of a poor night’s sleep on the amount of conflict in a romantic relationship found that when participants slept worse than they usually do, they reported significantly more conflict with their partner compared to the nights they got a better sleep .
Another study found that sleep disturbances caused by a snoring partner enhanced agitation and tensions among couples, causing an increase in fights and negative emotions such as resentment rage and helplessness .
Along with causing conflict, poor sleep has also been seen to make people prioritize their own needs over their partners, making their partners feel unappreciated .
It is quite apparent that poor sleep has a negative effect on the health of a relationship, but luckily, the opposite was found for good sleep. This means that that the better sleep you have, the better your relationships!
A 443 participant study gathered data to determine a correlation between an individual's perceived higher sleep quality and a high level of satisfaction with their partner .
So there you have it! The better you sleep, the better you love, and the better you love, the better you sleep!