14 June 2011

Sleepless Nights Linked to Marital Strife

Wives who have difficulty falling asleep at night are more likely to have marital woes, according to a new study.

For the study, presented today at Sleep 2011, the 25th anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Minneapolis, 35 healthy, married couples wore actigraphs -- bracelets that measured the time it took each partner to fall asleep after going to bed and the total time each slept over 10 days. The couples also kept a diary in which they recorded positive and negative interactions with their spouse.
The study found that wives' sleep difficulties affected their own and their spouses' marital interactions the following day.

"Wives who took longer to fall asleep the night before reported poorer interactions with their husbands the next day," said Wendy Troxel, assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and lead author of the study. And their husbands reported poorer interactions with their wives.

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