Bad sleep can hurt your romantic relationship, sending it into a death spiral if not properly addressed. Sadly, this fact hasn’t been explored in enough detail.
Online and print publications abound with articles advising you to get good sleep so you don’t harm your career.
If your career goes south and you don’t have enough cash, things could get bad really quickly. That message is heard loud and clear by the general public and understandably so.
But what about the things in your life more important than money? A good relationship with your significant other is far more important than any job or financial gain.
So, what are some ways bad sleep can lead to bad relationship problems?
Here are a few to consider.
Bad Sleep Messes Everything Up, Including Your Relationship
Ernest Hemmingway once said, “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”
While the quote was meant to be funny, there’s some truth to it especially if you’re regularly sleep deprived. Everything becomes harder to manage and your life starts to feel like it’s unraveling.
There’s a negative snowball effect that takes place with regular sleep deprivation. Most people need between seven and nine hours of good sleep per night to function well. If you’re getting less than that, you could be at risk.
With sleep deprivation, your job feels more stressful and you take that added stress out on your family. Conversely, your family feels more stressful so you take that stress out on your job.
Your physical and mental health also decline because things aren’t going well. Now, because of all the added stress of not getting proper sleep, the ability to get good sleep is hampered all the more. Your anxiety levels are often too high to relax.
Everything hurts when your sleep isn’t what it should be. So, the fact that your relationship struggles, too, shouldn’t be a big surprise.
Your Relational Happiness Is Harmed by Inadequate Sleep
Zooming in a bit, it’s not always the negative emotions that come with sleep loss that cause the most damage to relationships. It’s often the absence of good ones.
It’s nearly impossible to maintain a positive attitude when your sleep is poor. One of the biggest attraction points for couples is a good sense of humor. It helps you get through the hard times of life and brings happiness to your bond.
Your spouse or partner should be someone who enriches your life as opposed to depleting it. But sleep loss tends to make us see the negatives in our relationships instead of the positives.
The bond that could naturally happen in part because your body is functioning correctly becomes threatened.
Your relationship problems may not be nearly as complicated as you imagine them. A little more shut-eye could make a huge difference!
Are you currently struggling with ongoing sleep loss? Now could be the perfect time to contact the OC Relationship Center to build a better foundation for a healthy relationship!