Why Your Relationship Depends on a Good Night’s Sleep

Valenti’s team is dedicated to examining all aspects of relationships and health. Sleep can have a significant impact on your relationship. This article will give you some helpful tips on how to improve your sleep and relationship!

Why Your Relationship Depends On a Good Sleep

In an ideal world, everyone would start their day well-rested and bright-eyed with a smile on their face, without needing a cup (or two or three plus a shot of espresso). Caffeine may keep us awake, but sleep is a necessity, and its absence has serious consequences. Sleep deficits negatively affect mood, mental function, and physical performance.

But what about romantic relationships? Do you suffer from a lack of sleep in your romantic relationships? How much sleep is required to be a good romantic partner?

Sleep Deprivation and Its Effects on Relationships

  • Less Attractive Appearance: People desire physically attractive romantic partners and assume that attractive people are better overall (Buss & Barnes, 1986; Dion, Berscheid, & Walster, 1972). Recent Swedish research found that sleep-deprived individuals are rated as less attractive and less healthy (Axelsson, et. al., 2010). So, get your beauty sleep.
  • Diminished Sense of Humor: Sleep deprivation can affect your sense of humor, especially verbal humor, which requires high-level cognitive function. Caffeine and stimulants won’t fix this problem.
  • Reduced Relationship Happiness: Sleep quality is closely linked to how close you feel to your partner, your level of security in the relationship, and the positive emotions you attribute to it. Couples with fewer sleep problems are generally happier (Troxel, Robles, Hall & Buysse, 2007). Poor sleep can lead to relationship problems, and relationship problems can lead to poor sleep. Improving sleep habits could improve the quality of a relationship.
  • Increased Conflict: Romantic conflicts are worse when one partner is sleep-deprived (Gordon and Chen, 2014). People who have poor sleep tend to be more negative and less effective at resolving conflicts. Lack of sleep can exacerbate disagreements and add unnecessary stress to otherwise happy relationships.
  • Impaired Decision-Making: Lack of sleep impairs decision-making, such as introducing a partner to the family. Good decision-making requires a high level of understanding of the needs of your partner and those around you.

Improving your sleep can lead to better mood, mental function, and physical performance, which in turn can enhance your romantic relationships.

This post was written by a professional at Valenti Matchmaking. Valenti Matchmaking offers discreet personal high end matchmaking services as well as all levels of personal, one to one relationship coaching for a select, worldwide clientele of unapologetically selective single, successful and attractive men and women in search of a compatible life partner. 


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