We all know that not getting enough sleep at night can cause us to be cranky the next day. But did you also know that it can weaken the bond that you have with your significant other as well? New research has found that couples who don’t get enough sleep at night are more likely to fight during the day and are less likely to be able to resolve things.
The study was published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal. Seventy-one couples were brought into a lab for the study and were asked to rate the quality of sleep that they had gotten the night before. They were then asked to tell the researchers about the conflict they had in their relationship and what the source of it was. They also had to fill out surveys on their emotions, their partner’s emotions, and whether or not the issue had been resolved.
The result of the study was that those who had gotten too little sleep had more conflict in their relationships and had a harder time resolving it. Sometimes it is hard to get a full night of sleep, so here are some suggestions on what you can do to keep the bond with your partner strong:
1. If either of you has not gotten enough sleep, don’t even go near conversation that is a hot-button topic. Leave it for another day when you are both rested.
2. Don’t try to read their emotions and assume how they feel. When you haven’t had enough sleep you will tend to read into things more than you should and take emotions for something that they are not.
3. Be open and very clear with your partner, especially if you are the one that didn’t get enough sleep. You may need a little space and some time to rest and you need to communicate this to your partner.