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Sleep-deprived wives can impact on marriage, says study

Jonathan Warren

15.06.2011

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Jonathan Warren
dv1022005 A woman’s inability to fall asleep could be bad for her marriage, according to research presented at the SLEEP 2011 conference in Minneapolis this week. The study, conducted by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, found that wives who have trouble sleeping are more likely to report negative interactions with their significant other during the following day. Researchers found that husbands are also affected - they, too, are likely to report that interactions with their wives are less positive the day after their partner couldn’t settle in bed. Conversely, insomniac husbands do not have the same detrimental effect on marital bliss. Lead researcher and assistant professor of psychiatry at the school, Wendy Troxel, noted that wives who have problems with sleep are more likely to be irritable, convey stress, and verbalise feelings. She explained: “Women are generally more expressive and tend to drive the emotional climate of a couple’s relationship. Men are more likely to repress their feelings or not be as aware or tuned into the climate of change taking place.”

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Jonathan Warren

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