How Sleep Affects Your Relationships

How Sleep Affects Your Relationships

Sleep Can Affect Your Relationships

The lack of sleep can make you irritable, grumpy, verbally aggressive, and more emotional than normal. The continuous cycle of not getting adequate sleep can cause problems in some relationships because the person is just plain unpleasant to be around.

That can be caused by sleep deprivation because you fail to get enough sleep. It would be nice to get an adequate amount of sleep without a care in the world, feeling like you were floating on clouds full of peace, joy, and happiness. Yes, that's something we may all desire to have. 

Sleep deprivation can affect you in many ways such as:

Decreased sex drive: The lack of sleep may cause less sex between couples in their relationship. According to  Psychology Today
 'When the body becomes stressed because of sleep difficulties, the brain suppresses the production of sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone in favor of stress hormones like cortisol. This shift in hormone levels can lead to decreased sex drive, infertility, or erectile dysfunction."
Weight gain: May make them have less confidence in themself.
Mood change: It may cause frustration and irritability, which can lead to arguments between the couple.
Memory issues: They may forget a special date; such as their Anniversary, birthdays, or etc.
Health issues: Can cause medical problems.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to start our day well-rested and happy every morning? Imagine you and your partner waking up singing and jolly, ready to face the world with no problems.
Taking care of your beautiful baby and kids

I know there are so many things to deal with that are keeping you from getting your proper rest. Things; such as the stress of making sure the family, bills, and much more are taken care of. Make sure you have the right sleep accessories to help you get a great night of sleep.

What things can keep you from getting sleep?

1. Sleep Apnea:

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing frequently stops and starts. The breathing is interrupted in the middle of trying to get a good night's rest.

Here are some types of sleep apnea:
  • Obstructive sleep apnea: (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway during sleep. 
  • Central sleep apnea : (CSA) is caused by the brain failing to send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing during sleep.
  • Mixed sleep apnea: is a mixture of both OSA and CSA.

2. Family Issues: 

Family issues such as being in college or having to help your children with their homework can cause stress that keeps you up at night. 

You may have to clean the house and cook dinner also, but you can try some of these meal prep ideas to help you with cooking, so you can have more time to rest. 

3. Work:

We all have to make some money and occasionally may do some overtime to pay those bills.  That defiantly can cut into the amount of sleep you get. Long working hours are common, but it can increase the risk of hypertension and sleep disturbance.

How many people have Trouble Sleeping?

How much sleep are you getting? Is it an adequate amount? According to Consumer Reports,
Today, the problem of too little sleep, and the quest for more of it, is as acute as ever: 27 percent of people in a new Consumer Reports survey of 4,023 U.S. adults said they had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep most nights, and 68 percent—or an estimated 164 million Americans—struggled with sleep at least once a week. 
People Have Trouble Sleeping
sleep chart
People sleep Pattern 
When will you ever find time to sleep? Well, you need to make it a priority on your list because it's important for your relationship and a healthy lifestyle.

Why your relationship depends on a good night's sleep?

1. Sleep deprivation can make you feel less attractive. 

You may tend to have puffy eyes, or just feel less confident in yourself. If you are still sleepy, you may tend to just throw on any old outfit. That may be because you decided to steal an extra few minutes of sleep and now you are running late. 

Your relationship depends on a good night's sleep
Your relationship depends on a good night's sleep.

You should try to look as appealing to your spouse as possible, but it gets hard when you're sleepy. You are thinking about getting comfortable, not looking good.

2. Sleep deprivation can make you gain weight.

When people don't get enough sleep, they have increased levels of ghrelin, which is a hunger hormone. They also can have decreased levels of the leptin hormone, which regulates fullness. This process could lead to overeating and weight gain, which can affect your confidence in your appearance.

3. Lack of sleep can hurt your sense of humor and cause you to be irritable.

If you are frustrated and irritable, what you use to feel was funny may tend to get on your nerves, causing you to snap at your partner. You may use negative words that can live on in the mind of your loved ones without realizing the damage you may have caused them.

It is important to your relationship to speak encouraging words to your partner after they have spent a long day of work, school, and taking care of the children with a limited amount of sleep.

A lack of sleep can have a person giving the other person the silent treatment in relationships without realizing it.

Here are some ways to respond to the silent treatment in a relationship.

🗹 Just give them time to cool off and realize it's not because of you.
🗹 Set rules to communicate about what's bothering you at a time where neither person is tired.
🗹 Apologize when appropriate.

How much sleep do we need?

We need to sleep to help us function properly throughout the day. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a day.
Recommended Amount Of Sleep
Recommended Amount Of Sleep

According to Mayo Clinic,
The amount of sleep you need depends on various factors — especially your age. While sleep needs vary significantly among individuals, consider these general guidelines for different age groups:
Age groupRecommended amount of sleep
Newborns14 to 17 hours a day
12 monthsAbout 10 hours at night, plus 4 hours of naps
2 yearsAbout 11 to 12 hours at night, plus a 1- to 2-hour afternoon nap
3 to 5 years10 to 13 hours
6 to 13 years9 to 11 hours
14 to 17 years8 to 10 hours
Adults7 to 9 hours

Ways to get better sleep

🗹 Rule out a sleep disorder.
🗹 Cut back on caffeine late in the day.
🗹 Sleep on a comfortable Mattress. Use a dust-proof, air-tight cover to protect you from allergy triggers that can keep you up at night.
🗹 Have a schedule to sleep at the same time each day.
🗹 Turn off TVs, computers, digital screens, and any other blue-light source an hour before bed.
🗹 Put away your work and any touchy subjects 2-3 hours before bed.
🗹 Try a sleep mask.

Now that you know how a lack of sleep can affect your relationship, and some tips to help get better sleep, be encouraged to get your adequate amount of sleep as you continue on this journey called life. Enjoy it and remember you are important, so take care of yourself and your relationship with your significant other. Have a wonderful and blessed day filled with rest, love, and joy!

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Arica Green (Arica G)

Author: Arica  Green (Arica G) is the Founder and Editor of Inveigle Magazine. She created a premiere Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty Magazine to entice you towards positive change and increase the quality of life. With Arica's love for writing and informing the Universe about a variety of topics, Inveigle Magazine was born. 

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