Arguing can be a healthy part of any relationship, if it’s done well and for the right reasons. But let’s be real: sometimes, you pick a fight with your beau because you’re stressed, hungry, or tired.
If that sounds like you, you aren’t imagining things. One researcher, inspired by her own relationship, studied the link between sleep and conflict in intimate relationships. She wanted to answer the following questions.
After sleeping poorly…
1. Are people more likely to report experiencing conflict with their romantic partner(s)?
2. Is their conflict more severe?
3. Are they less able to resolve conflict?
Here’s what she found. Keep in mind, all the results are correlations—they tell us that these factors are connected, not that one necessarily causes another.