The latest research on sleep suggests the problems with sleep accounts for difficulties in our relationships.
Not only does a lack of sleep have negative consequences on our emotional and physical health, but it also has an impact on how we relate and communicate with each other. We spend our lives bringing other issues into the equation as to why we don’t get on, but it’s often our inability to sleep that contributes to our behaviour.
I am not sure how versed or connected we are with our own understanding of sleep deprivation, but I believe there is some truth to this. However, it’s not something we consciously think about. A large part of arguments that take place in our relationship, can be as a result of bad sleep patterns.
A lack of sleep not only incites conflict and unresolved issues, but also impairs our ability to resolve many issues too. Relationships should be based on compromise, but as we fall prey to bad sleeping patterns, compromise is the first thing to go, for it to be replaced with unreasonableness.
On a scale of one to ten sleep is somewhere near the bottom, but sleep and sleep deprivation should both be a priority on our list. If we are aware or know that sleep may be responsible for our behaviour, then we’re more likely to change our sleep routines.
Once we understand the signs of our own unreasonable behaviour is down to sleep deprivation, it will be easier to spot the signs of other people’s unreasonable behaviour too, because of their lack of sleep. The hard part of course is convincing them.
That said, it’s obvious how much better we feel when we sleep and that indicates how much better we’ll cope with our relationships.