Sleepy Marriages: The Importance of Shut-Eye for Relationships & Parenting
Research shows there’s a link between relationship satisfaction and positive parenting behaviors.
It’s a bit of a cliché for experienced moms to counsel first-time expectant mothers on the importance of grabbing as much postpartum shut-eye as possible. Doing so facilitates recovery from childbirth and helps new moms find energy for breastfeeding and infant-care.
Yet sleep, or the absence of it, isn’t solely relevant to new moms. It turns out there’s a bi-directional flow between a couple’s sleep quality and their relationship quality. In other words, relationship satisfaction can positively impact sleep, and sleep problems can negatively impact relationship happiness.
This phenomenon is noteworthy, not only as it affects parental relationships, but also as it impacts parenting. Research shows there’s a link between relationship satisfaction and positive parenting behaviors; which in turn, support healthy infant and child development.
Bottom line: whether new to parenting or veterans at it, both moms and dads need quality sleep to function well as individuals, as a couple, and as parents.