There’s a new type of couples therapy that’s cheaper and more effective than whatever you’re currently doing, and it’s so easy that you can do it in your sleep. In fact, it is sleep.
A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology by psychologists at Florida State University has just given us a great reason to sleep in just a little bit longer or escape to bed a few minutes earlier.
According to their research, couples that get seven or eight hours of sleep a night tend to bicker less about the small things less than couples who lack sleep, leaving them open to experiencing the bigger-picture joys of being in love.
Sounds like what we all want, doesn’t it?
Participating newlywed couples were asked to keep a diary of their sleep patterns, their feelings toward their marriage and how their tiffs changed perceptions of their relationship. Researchers also rated the couples on the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale, a survey that assess how happy (satisfied) couples are.
Well, you know what the researchers found because you read the headline of this story, but we’ll say it again anyway: couples who slept seven to eight hours a night were less likely to take their relationship to Negative Town the next day. They also discovered that men were more likely to feel the positive effects of a good night’s sleep, to the point that even when they did go at it ever so slightly with their spouse, they still retained a positive image about their marriage.
So go ahead and hit snooze. You know what, hit it twice. Your relationship will thank you.
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