Monday, June 24, 2019

The Impact of Sleep on Romantic Relationships by Alicia Sanchez



Sleep affects every part of your life, from your food choices to your driving to your mood.

When you're tired, you are more likely to be grouchy, react poorly to even the most minor changes in your plans and to be less interested in physical intimacy.
Here's why!

Less Sleep = More Grouchy

Everyone is in a worse mood when they don't get a good night's sleep for any reason. The more often this happens, the worse your mood will be in the long term. This can also lead to issues with anxiety and depression that could require medication to fix.
If you catch yourself being grouchy for no reason, maybe try taking a nap. Naps give you a boost of energy and improve your mood!

Less Sleep = More Stressed

The less sleep you get, the more likely you are to react negatively to stressors in your life. This, in turn, makes you more stressed out and less able to get to sleep. Anything from a change of plans to an unexpected visit can cause major stress, and you're less likely to feel good about the good things going on in your life.
This can make your partner feel unappreciated, and make you feel like the relationship isn't doing anything for you.  If there's something that your partner does that brings you unnecessary stress, try talking about finding ways to avoid that behavior.

Less Sleep = Less Sex Drive

The more a woman sleeps, the more sexual desire that women will feel the next day. Having sex can also help you to get to sleep easier, thanks to a combination of exercise and endorphins. It's an important part of many relationships.
If you find that sleep issues are causing problems for your romantic relationship, think about talking to your doctor or therapist about finding a solution. They might tell you to check the carbon monoxide detector in your home.

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About the Writer: Alicia Sanchez is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com with a specialty in health and wellness. A Nashville native, Alicia finds the sound of summer storms so soothing that she still sleeps with recorded rain on her white noise machine.
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Tuck is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on The Washington Post, HuffPost, NBC News, CNN, NPR, Lifehacker, and Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.

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