How Can Your Relationship Be Affected by Sleep Deprivation?

How Can Your Relationship Be Affected by Sleep Deprivation?

We all long for the extra lie-in on a weekend, but you may never have realised how precious extra sleeping time is. A love for lie-ins could mean that you’re suffering with sleep deprivation; something that affects all areas of your life.

Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain and anxiety, as well as affect your relationships with other people. It causes you to become moody and even find other people less attractive; a handful of negative effects that you should expect to experience if you’re getting less than the recommended hours of sleep each night.

In this article, we’ve shared four reasons in which a lack of sleep can affect your relationship and why it’s important to get a decent night’s kip.

1. More conflict

The chances are, we all relate to the feeling of grumpiness that we get when we’ve had a late night. When you consider that sleepless nights have been proven to cause interpersonal conflict, it’ll come as no surprise that not getting enough rest is likely to cause argumentative relationships.

2. Decision-making is impaired

One University study found that a lack of sleep affected a person’s decision-making skills. This is because the pre-frontal cortex of the brain (the section which controls brain functions) is negatively impacted by sleep deprivation.

Often related to important life decisions, the decision-making impairment could result in an unhappy and unclear relationship.

3. Diminished sense of humour

If the sense of humour that your partner has is what attracted them to you in the first place, you may be disheartened to know that a lack of sleep will impact their funny qualities.

Finding things amusing is a complex brain process. It requires memory, attention and divergent thinking in order to process how funny you find things. However, a lack of sleep affects all three areas of the brain and leaves you struggling to find things humorous.

4. Less physical attraction

Surprisingly, sleep deprivation has also been linked to lessened physical attraction. This means that if you’re surviving on minimal sleep, you could soon be finding yourself less attracted to your partner which in turn, can have a severely negative impact on romantic relationships.

How to get a better sleep

Fortunately, you don’t have to bear the brunt of a poor sleeping routine. By following these tips, you should soon be receiving a great nights’ rest (and a happy relationship, in turn!).

  • Develop a consistent sleeping routine that includes going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday.
  • Avoid exercising, caffeine and hot baths immediately before sleeping.
  • Create a comfortable sleeping environment and drown-out any annoying noises.
  • Avoid midday napping (or make your naps shorter) if possible.

As you can see, sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on both your friendly and romantic relationships. However, by following the tips above, you should be able to avoid a hostile and argumentative relationship; all whilst enjoying an extra few hours of rest!

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