“Don’t go to bed angry” is fairly common marriage advice, but new research makes the case that maybe you should go to bed angry – and then have your conflict when you’re well-rested.
A new study by The Ohio State University performed tests on 43 couples and discovered how fighting while sleep-deprived affects our health. The couple came in for two visits, and each time they would say how much sleep they had gotten in the past two nights and provide a blood sample. Then researchers told them to try to “resolve a topic that sparks conflict in their marriage.” Blood samples were taken again after the discussion.
Researchers found that not only did lack of sleep tend to make the conflict worse, it also had serious effects on each person’s physical health.
“We found that people who slept less in the past few nights didn’t wake up with higher inflammation, but they had a greater inflammatory response to the conflict,” said Stephanie Wilson, lead researcher on the study “So that tells us less sleep increased vulnerability to a stressor.”
Adults are supposed to get at least seven hours of sleep per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: The Sacramento Bee