Sleepy Marriages: The Importance of Shut-Eye for Relationships & Parenting

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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.

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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.

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Sleepy Marriages: The Importance of Shut-Eye for Relationships & Parenting

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22 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    my husband is very helpful and i give so many tnx to him every day

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    I had to get up for the baby because husband is working. Yes, I dont get the quality sleep that I need. What I do after preparing his breakfast and packed lunch in the morning, I go back to bed whether to go back to sleep or try to do some relaxation before baby wakes up. Whenever his off from work, I can afford to ask him to go get the baby and change her nappy or give her milk 🙂

  3. julie says:

    i still dont understand this..

  4. PrettyBoogs says:

    We will take care of baby together at nights the first couple weeks so we learn her needs. then I will every night until i start work again. once I start work he will take care of her the nights i work.

  5. Melody says:

    We’re both doing our best, but I get night-time duty most of the time. He has trouble even waking up! Sigh. 🙂

  6. my husband loves me enough that he wakes up with our daughter in the morning and lets me sleep a couple more hours i love him so much for it!

  7. marifie says:

    few hours of sleep a night is needed. .

  8. tammy says:

    I can never sleep 🙁

  9. Grace says:

    i am so tired i could use more sleep

  10. FeliChaz says:

    You need sleep to function!!

  11. Clmbnlubn says:

    Deff. In need of more sleep

  12. Angela says:

    supporting each other is key.

  13. Brittney says:

    If you can’t get a lot of sleep throughout the night, try to catch a nap when the little one naps. That’s what I have to do in the morning time, since I’m the only one that gets up in the middle of the night. Even on weekends.

  14. Sleep is very important!!!

  15. grecia says:

    i hardly get any good rest n i sem to b well

  16. MommyMagic says:

    A well rested parent obviously has more patience and energy to deal with their little one; so, if you have someone that can pick up the slack while you sleep, by all means take full advantage of it. Otherwise, try to rest when your child is resting, and make sure to eat a balanced diet, which will help keep your energy level at its highest.

  17. jennifier33 says:

    I could use a lot more sleep.

  18. Osei says:

    sleep is the most important thing

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