A new research said to be found that when the married couple get more sleep than on an average night, they are more satisfied with their marriages — at least the following day.
In the study, the researchers hypothesize that sleep is linked to self-regulation or self-control, which influences how married couples feel and think about their partner.
“The universality of our findings is important,” researcher said. “That is, we know all people need sleep. Regardless of the stage at which a couple is in their relationship or the cultural context in which they’re embedded, each member of the couple can be adversely affected by not getting enough sleep.”
The researchers believe that a person’s night sleep influences his self-control. Self-control requires energy that can be replenished when our bodies are in the resting period known as sleep. In simple words, sleep offers self-regulatory benefits to relationships.
“Up to one-third of married or cohabiting adults report that sleep problems burden their relationship,” the researchers wrote in the paper.
Other sleep studies have indicated that incomplete sleep can have harmful effects on processes that require self-regulation, like evaluating how you feel about your partner.
However, results in this study revealed that differences between couples’ sleep durations were not associated with differences in marital satisfaction. Because one couple gets more sleep than another does not mean that the couple that experienced more sleep viewed their marriage more favorably.
Although the study appears to have several important messages, a replication of the study among a wider variety of couples is necessary for universal acceptance of the findings.
The paper published in the Journal of Family Psychology.