The Relationship Between Sleep & Healthy Relationships

If you’re struggling with insomnia, there’s a good chance you’re struggling in other areas of your life too.

Simply put, you can’t be at your best unless you’ve had a good night’s rest.

And you feel it too. The days when you haven’t slept enough, you’ll find it difficult to function without coffee, and all your relationships will suffer.

In this post, we’re going to explore the ways in which lack of sleep impacts the overall health of your relationships, and then we’ll cover a few tips to get better rest.

How Sleep Impacts Your Relationships

You already know that you’re more likely to snap at people when you haven’t had enough rest. It’s at these moments when even the most normal conversations become incredibly irritating. Even just the sound of someone’s voice can put you over the edge.

So, it’s only natural that this is going to impact your relationships. If you’re grumpy, people aren’t going to want to be around you. But there’s more to this story than just that…

When you haven’t had sleep, you’re more likely to become forgetful. Forgetfulness can stand in the way of any healthy relationship as you’re forgetting deadlines, birthdays, and important meetings.

You’re also not going to be a great communicator when you haven’t had enough sleep. So, you’ll find that you have trouble getting your point across and may encounter some sticky situations as a result of poor communication.

And if you have conflicting sleep schedules, things get even worse.

So if you aren’t getting sleep, you’re going to want to fix this stat – or you’ll be left with a lot of relationship fixing to do in the aftermath of your insomnia.

How to Improve Your Sleep

There are many reasons why you might not be getting a good night’s rest. And some are easy fixes. Try any of the tips on this list first, and if you still aren’t sleeping well, talk to your doctor about any other possible reasons.

  1. Turn off technology before bed — The blue light emitted from the television, tablet, and smartphone may be interfering with your sleep. So if you’re using the TV to fall asleep, this is a habit you should stop right away. Actually, try shutting down all electronic devices before bed.
  2. Say no to nightcaps — You may be tempted to have a glass of wine or beer before bed, but if it gets to two or more, it’s likely to interfere with your ability to get a deep, restful sleep.
  3. Invest in blackout curtains — Especially if you have a non-typical sleep schedule, blackout curtains can help keep the sun out of your eyes when you’re trying to get some much-needed rest.

Sleep is a vital component of your overall health, but it’s also important for the health of your relationships. Not only will you be more pleasant to be around when you’ve had sleep, but you’ll also get to spend more quality time with the people you love. And that’s always a bonus.

 

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