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Quality of Relationships and Stress Influence Sleep

Stress and Quality of Relationships Can Impact Sleep

In a new study, University of Minnesota researchers found the quality of a person’s romantic relationships and the life stress he or she experiences in early adulthood (at age 23 and 32), are related to sleep quality and quantity in middle adulthood (at age 37).

Study findings appear in the journal Personal Relationships.

Investigators found that people who have positive relationship experiences in early adulthood experience fewer, less disruptive stressful life events at age 32, which in turn predicts better sleep quality at age 37.

Sleep is a shared behavior in many romantic relationships, and it is a strong contender for how relationships “get under the skin” to affect long-term health.

Researchers believe their findings add to a growing body of literature showing that one of the important ways in which relationships impact individuals is by reducing the occurrence and severity of life stress.

“Although a large body of evidence shows that relationships are important for health, we are just beginning to understand how the characteristics of people’s close relationships affect health behaviors, such as sleep,” said lead author Chloe Huelsnitz, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota.

“The findings of our study suggest that one way that relationships affect health behavior is through their effects on individuals’ stress.”

Source: Wiley

Stress and Quality of Relationships Can Impact Sleep

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2019). Stress and Quality of Relationships Can Impact Sleep. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 15, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/02/07/stress-and-quality-of-relationships-can-impact-sleep/142697.html
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