Washington, July 10 (ANI): A new study suggests that sleepless nights can worsen fights among lovers.
UC Berkeley psychologists Amie Gordon and Serena Chen have found that people are much more likely to lash out at their romantic partners over relationship conflicts after a bad night's sleep.
"Couples who fight more are less happy and less healthy," Gordon, a doctoral student in psychology and lead author of the study, said.
"Our research helps illuminate one factor that leads couples to engage in unnecessary and harmful conflict by showing that couples experience more frequent and severe conflicts after sleepless nights," she added.
While previous studies indicate that poor sleep has a negative impact on romantic relationships, these new findings shed more light on how bad sleep compromises couples' ability to avoid and manage conflict, researchers said.
"For the first time, to our knowledge, we can see the process of how the nature, degree, and resolution of conflict are negatively impacted by poor sleep," Chen, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, said.
The study is published online in the journal, Social Psychological and Personality Science. (ANI)